Golf: Lydia Ko makes bright start at LPGA Thailand, two shots off leaders

Lydia Ko sits two shots off the leaders at the LPGA's Honda Thailand event, after shooting a first-round score of six under par at Chonburi.

Right from the outset, the Kiwi carried on her impressive 2021 form, opening her tournament with a birdie on the first hole and backing it up with another on the third.

A third birdie of the round on the seventh hole had Ko at three under from the front nine and in contention with the leaders.

Two more birdies on the 11th and 12th holes gave Ko the perfect start to her back nine, before she ended her opening round on a high, with one last birdie on the 18th.

All up, Ko came away with six birdies to shoot a blemish-free 66, two shots behind the lead at six under.

The Kiwi sits in a three-way tie for fifth place with Australian Hannah Green and German Caroline Masson.

Thai pair Patty Tavatanakit and Atthaya Thitikul share the lead in their home event at eight under from their first round.

Norway's Nanna Koerstz Masden and Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn are tied for third, one shot ahead of Ko and one back from the leaders at seven under.

Ko will try to add to her impressive run of results, after winning her first title in nearly three years at the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii in mid-April. 

But since then, Ko missed the cut at the Hugel-Air Premier Open in Los Angeles and finished seventh in Singapore last week.