Lydia Ko trails Jin Young Ko by 3 in Australia

From ESPN - February 15, 2018

Former world No.1 Lydia Ko knows she's getting bagged for swinging changes almost as much as her golf clubs.

The New Zealander carded a four-under-par 68 in Thursday's opening round of the Australian Open in Adelaide, three shots behind South Korea's pacesetter Jin Young Ko.

Another South Korean, Jiyai Shin, is outright second at five under with Australians Hannah Green (-3) and Karrie Webb (-2) well positioned.

The Kiwi Ko was among 10 golfers to shoot 68, in her first competitive round with another coach and another caddie, having again swapped her entourage this year.

The 20-year-old has had 11 caddies since turning pro five years ago.

And she's on her third coach after hiring and firing one within a year.

But Ko says critics of her changes miss the point.

"I am trying to make the decisions where I think it's the best for me in my career," Ko said after her first round at the Kooyonga course.

"Sometimes, I think 'hey, maybe I should not have done that'. But I feel like I made the right decisions.


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