Lydia Ko fired a sensational bogey-free 7-under, 64 on Thursday at TPC Kuala Lumpur to lead the way at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. 

The New Zealander has struggled for form over the last twelve months but looked to be swinging back to her very best after notching a second-place finish last week in Taiwan. On a steamy morning in Malaysia, Ko birdied three of the par-3 holes, to ensure she goes into the second round with a one-shot lead over Australian Su Oh.

‘’Today I think I tried to be as positive and as confident as I can. I think playing well last week really gave me good momentum going into today,’’ Ko said.

Having never gone an entire season without a victory since clinching her first truimph as a fifteen-year-old amateur, Ko remains in search of an elusive win in 2017 and after an uncharacteristically poor year, at least by her high standards is keen to get back to her very best.

Defending champion Shanshan Feng is one of three players in a share of third at 5-under, 66. Last week’s winner Eun-Hee Ji and rookie Madelene Sagstrom also posted 66’s.

“It would be great if I can do it,” said Feng about winning another title in Malaysia. “I'm really enjoying coming back every year. We always love the people here. I feel really relaxed.”

Suzann Pettersen, who finished runner-up in Malaysia last year, turned in a bogey-free 4-under, 67 and is in a tie for sixth.

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