Lydia Ko urged to take time out with hobby

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:00 28/01/2014
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STRONG FINISH: Lydia Ko of New Zealand plays a shot during round two of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic at the Ocean Club course in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

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Lydia Ko's new coach wants her to spend less time playing golf and has urged the talented teen to get a hobby.

David Leadbetter told the Golf Channel he and his team weren't looking to make major changes to Ko's game after they took over from Guy Wilson who worked with Ko since she was 5-years-old.

"Guy Wilson has done a fantastic job with her," Leadbetter said about Ko, her rise and the Ko-Wilson partnership.

"What a player, at 16.

"We just want to carry on his [Wilson's] good work and be another set of eyes for her."

The biggest advice Leadbetter had given Ko was to pace herself.

"The biggest thing some of these young players do is play a little too much, work a little too hard," he said.

"I said, 'listen, you have to find a hobby, do something which takes your mind off golf for a little while'. She looked at me and said, 'ooooh, we'll see about that' so we'll see; she's 16 and loves the game and what a talent, she really is."

Meanwhile, it has been revealed the reason Ko dumped Wilson was not because he would not travel with her as many thought, and the Ko-camp suggested, early after the split.

Wilson told Television New Zealand "yeah, of course" he would travel to the United States had Ko's team wanted him to. He suggested the split wasn't the choice of Ko or her new management company IMG, but that of her family.

Ko told a press conference at the Bahamas Classic, where she finished in a tie for seventh yesterday, she didn't want a coach with her at tournaments, but someone close she could visit when she needed too.

She also revealed she was looking at buying a house in Orlando, Florida.

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