Lydia Ko has chance for clean slate back in US

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:00 17/07/2014
Lydia Ko
Getty
BLOW OUT: Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko fell down the leaderboard on a treacherous final day at the British Open after carding an eight-over 80.

Relevant offers

Golf

Reason: Ah, the warmth of Hoylake memories Ogilvy in danger of missing US PGA Tour playoffs Open winner Rory McIlroy 'cocky in a nice way' Time out for Lydia Ko before big month of golf Lydia Ko wins LPGA Tour's Marathon Classic New Zealand Golf names Eisenhower team Lydia Ko becoming LPGA's queen of selfies Rory McIlroy holds his nerve to win British Open Steve Alker misses in Boise Open playoff Rory McIlroy's dad wins big after son's victory

Lydia Ko won't have to wait long for a chance to shake off the worst round of her professional career.

The 17-year-old world No 2 fired an eight-over 80 in the final round of last week's Women's British Open to finish in a tie for 29th.

Ko wasn't the only player who suffered in the blustery conditions as Mo Martin won the third women's major of the year. That the Kiwi still finished inside the top 30 was testament to her earlier rounds, which meant she started the final round on one-over, just five off the lead.

Ko, Martin and most of the LPGA Tour's other top players have returned to the US this week and overnight play in the first round of the $1.6m Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

Ko, yet to win a major, but in with a chance in the final two this year to become the youngest golfer, male or female, ever to win one, tees off at 5.10am (NZ time) tomorrow.

She's been paired with Na Yeon Choi and Cristie Kerr, both major winners.

Ko currently sits third on the LPGA Tour's order of merit, the Race to CME Global, behind world No 1 Stacy Lewis and Michelle Wie. She's comfortably the top rookie.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Special offers
Opinion poll

When do you think Lydia Ko will win a Major, if at all?

She's so good it will definitely be this year

Within the next three years

Golf's a hard game. It could take her years

Sorry, I just don't think she's got the goods to win a Major

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content