Golf: Lydia Ko five shots off the leader after first round at HSBC Women's World Championship

Kiwi Lydia Ko has finished her first round of the HSBC Women's World Championship in a tie for 14th, carding a three-under 69 in Singapore.

Opening her tournament in style, Ko got off to a flying start with two birdies in her first three holes, adding another on the eighth for a three-under scorecard after her first nine holes.

But while her front nine had Ko in contention, the Kiwi's back nine saw her lose pace with the leaders. 

After making pars on the 10th and 11th holes, a bogey on the 12th left Ko looking to make up ground. A birdie on the 13th saw the Kiwi begin to claw her way back, finishing her first round with four pars to be three-under.

Ko sits in an eight-way tie for 14th after her first round, alongside England's Charley Hull, Australia's Katherine Kirk, Spain's Carlota Ciganda, Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom, the USA's Marina Alex and Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum.

South Korea's Inbee Park is the runaway leader after the first round, having shot an eight-under 64, and sitting five shots clear of Ko.

Ko returned to form with a stunning victory at the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii earlier this month, but came crashing back down by missing the cut in Los Angeles last week.