Don't 'mess around', Mediate tells Lydia Ko

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 05:00 27/02/2014
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IF IT AIN'T BROKE: Lydia Ko has been advised not to tinker too much with her game.

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Six-times PGA Tour winner Rocco Mediate is urging 16-year-old Kiwi golf star Lydia Ko to keep the tinkering to a minimum.

Mediate, 51, the headline international act at the New Zealand Open in Arrowtown this week, knows all about Ko and her recent change of coach and equipment manufacturer.

The veteran American has seen it all before and, though Ko has strung three top 10s and a top 20 from her first four starts in 2014 and doesn't appear to have suffered as a result of the changes, he hopes she doesn't "mess around" with making changes.

"That's the most dangerous thing these kids can go into," said Mediate, best known for his exhilarating playoff loss to Tiger Woods in the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines.

"Play with what you've got, do what you can do with what you have because you know you're really good with it. Then in five or 10 years you can dabble with something else.

"I hope she doesn't mess with it too much because what she has obviously works pretty well. So let's not go and find some new guy to destroy it, because that's what will happen.

"If she goes and messes around with other teachers it's not going to work. Just refine what you have and get better around the green and putt."

Ko plays her third LPGA Tour event in three weeks, starting today, in the $US1.4m HSBC Women's Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

She's in a headline group that also includes Americans Paula Creamer and Jessica Korda, and is off at 2.30pm today (NZT).

Ko, the world No 4, is seventh in the Race to the CME Globe points standings, the LPGA Tour's equivalent to the FedEx Cup, with Korda leading after her win in the Bahamas last month. Fairfax NZ

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