Golfing World News: April 25

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We start at the PGA's Tour’s Zurich Classic where little-known Ben Martin carded an opening round 62 to break the TPC Louisiana course record by two shots.

Martin, who finished tied third at last week's RBC Heritage, made 10 birdies to take a two stroke lead, as the first round leaderboard had an unfamiliar look.

He’s ahead of Andrew Svoboda, who himself birdied six of the back nine to finish eight under.

Alexander Levy managed his own 62 at the European Tour's Volvo China Open to take the halfway lead.

Levy’s second round 10 under par included eight birdies and an eagle to secure a five shot advantage.

“I think my putting was an important today because I holed some good putts and important putts and every hole I won some confidence and that’s important and I think the putting was the key today.”

To San Francisco now where Karine Icher leads the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic,

The Frenchwoman’s six birdies including this at the second gave Icher a two shot lead as she seeks her first Tour win.

Meanwhile, Lydia Ko celebrated her 17th birthday by carding an opening round 68 to give the New Zealander a share of second place.

And Ko had extra reason to celebrate after being named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

Ko is one of just five athletes on the list and the only golfer - she’s the fifth LPGA player to be named on the annual list after Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Yani Tseng and Michelle Wie.

Well that’s all for this week but join us on Monday when we'll round up all of the weekend's action.

In the meantime you can find us on Twitter @Golfingworldtv and we're also on Facebook and Instagram too. Bye for now.

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