Lydia Ko turns down $1million shot at NZ Open

Last updated 05:00 24/01/2014
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FOCUSED: Teenage star Lydia Ko wants to concentrate on defending her title.

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Golfing sensation Lydia Ko has turned down a shot at $1 million at next week's New Zealand Women's Golf Open.

The promotion, in which four of the last five NZ Open winners will compete, will take stage following the completion of the second round on Saturday, February 2.

Contestants will be given one chance to nail a hole-in-one from 165m out on the 18th hole of the Clearwater Golf Course with a successful shot netting its shooter $1 million.

Ko was invited to take part in the competition, but it is understood the current World No 4 has opeted to focus solely on defending her title, which she won last year as a 15-year-old amateur by one shot from American, Amelia Lewis.

Former champions, Lindsey Wright, Kristie Smith, Laura Davies and Gwladys Nocera will line up for a shot at the prizemoney.

The championship leader after 36 holes will also be invited to take part in the competition, meaning there is a chance Ko could get a second invitation should she begin the 54-hole tournament successfully.

TA Golf run the championship and chairman and managing director, Bob Tuohy expected the competition to be a feature of the week's golf.

"This will be a great way for the golfing public to engage with the players and have some fun with a competition ahead of the final round on Sunday," he said.0

The New Zealand Open holds the largest purse for a women's sporting event in the country - NZ$334,000.

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