Golf: Horror first round has Kiwi Lydia Ko in danger of missing cut at latest LPGA event in Los Angeles

A horror first round has brought Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko back to earth, after her first LPGA win in three years. 

On Sunday, Ko completed a flawless four-round performance at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii, winning by seven shots to claim her first title since 2018.

But the 23-year-old faces an enormous task just to make the cut at the latest event in Los Angeles, carding a seven-over par 78 in a tie for 134th - 14 shots behind leader Jessica Korda.

Heading into her first round at the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open, the world No.7 had gone 100 holes without a bogey, but her short game fell apart on Thursday.

Ko parred the first hole, before a double-bogey seven on the second saw her dip in confidence.

The Olympic silver medallist shot just one birdie in a round that included four bogies and two double bogies.

With the cut-line currently sitting at even par, Ko has considerable ground to make up, if she hopes to make the weekend.