HARRISON, N.Y. -- World No. 1 Lydia Ko didn't have her best stuff during the first round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club on Thursday, but it was still good enough to turn in a 1-under 72, just two off the clubhouse lead at the time of this post.
After a fairly uneventful front nine with a birdie and a bogey for an even-par 36, things got colorful for Ko on the inward nine.
Ko birdied the short, par-4 10th hole, followed by a bogey on the 11th. She birdied the par-5 12th, but bogeyed the par-4 13th. After another bogey on the par-3 16th, Ko finished the day with back-to-back birdies to end on a high note.
"I think it's really important," Ko said about her birdie-birdie finish. "I personally love courses where you can finish on a par 5. I feel like it makes it very interesting. And especially if the leaders are close, you just never know what the score is going to be like. I love that we are finishing on a par 5, and two birdies in a row, I hit some solid shots. So yeah, just got to take that out tomorrow."
When asked if the course played like a U.S. Open-style venue, Ko said it did.
"This course, like I said yesterday, there's nothing about it I would say it's not a major," she said. "It's got great facilities, great hospitality, and the course itself is playing tough. You can lose shots in the blink of an eye and you can grab some along the way.
"I think patience is really one of the big things," she added. "If you're not patient out there, it's going to get to you. You're going to make some silly bogeys or make some good bogeys maybe. Yeah, just keep the mind in a positive state, that's what I tried to do the last two holes coming in. I think that's really important. Just got to know that, hey, there may be some tough holes but then there are some holes that you could recover from."
And that's precisely what Ko did on Thursday.