NZ Women's Open: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

CHAMPION: Mi Hyang Lee from South Korea celebrates with Kyu-Jung Baek, left and Seonwoo Bae from Korea.
CHAMPION: Mi Hyang Lee from South Korea celebrates with Kyu-Jung Baek, left and Seonwoo Bae from Korea.
WINNING FORM: Mi Hyang Lee from South Korea.
WINNING FORM: Mi Hyang Lee from South Korea.
SPECTATOR SPORT: A huge crowd has gathered at Clearwater, six deep in some places.
SPECTATOR SPORT: A huge crowd has gathered at Clearwater, six deep in some places.
NOT HAPPY: Not every shot goes perfectly for Lydia Ko.
NOT HAPPY: Not every shot goes perfectly for Lydia Ko.
CONCENTRATION: Lydia Ko on day three at Clearwater.
CONCENTRATION: Lydia Ko on day three at Clearwater.
AIMING FOR THE TOP:  American Anya Alvarez
AIMING FOR THE TOP: American Anya Alvarez
FROM THE SHADOWS: Crowd watches American Anya Alvarez
FROM THE SHADOWS: Crowd watches American Anya Alvarez
DAY THREE: Christel Boeljon of the Netherlands
DAY THREE: Christel Boeljon of the Netherlands
FADING LIGHT: Kiwi Tyler Kingi plays a chip shot on 9.
FADING LIGHT: Kiwi Tyler Kingi plays a chip shot on 9.
RESULT: Anya Alvarez, USA, celebrates finishing her round in the lead.
RESULT: Anya Alvarez, USA, celebrates finishing her round in the lead.
WINNING ACTION: American Anya Alvarez on day two.
WINNING ACTION: American Anya Alvarez on day two.
CAREFUL: Lydia Ko on day two at Clearwater.
CAREFUL: Lydia Ko on day two at Clearwater.
CROWD-PLEASER: Thousands came to watch Lydia Ko play.
CROWD-PLEASER: Thousands came to watch Lydia Ko play.
HAVING A CHAT: Stacey Keating, left, from Australia with Lydia Ko.
HAVING A CHAT: Stacey Keating, left, from Australia with Lydia Ko.
COLOURFUL: Lydia Ko's with her golf cart.
COLOURFUL: Lydia Ko's with her golf cart.
DAY TWO: Lydia Ko makes her start at Clearwater.
DAY TWO: Lydia Ko makes her start at Clearwater.
SWING ACTION: Kyu Jung Baek of Korea
SWING ACTION: Kyu Jung Baek of Korea
A CLOSER LOOK: Beth Allen from the USA
A CLOSER LOOK: Beth Allen from the USA
REFUELLING: An official snacks on a pie while he awaits the players.
REFUELLING: An official snacks on a pie while he awaits the players.
INTERNATIONAL: Jessica Speechley of Australia
INTERNATIONAL: Jessica Speechley of Australia
COMPETING: Caroline Martens of Norway.
COMPETING: Caroline Martens of Norway.
NICE ONE: Lydia Ko celebrates chipping in for birdie on the last hole.
NICE ONE: Lydia Ko celebrates chipping in for birdie on the last hole.
Charley Hull of England sends the ball flying.
Charley Hull of England sends the ball flying.
RIVAL: Seon Woo Bae of Korea
RIVAL: Seon Woo Bae of Korea
LEADERBOARD: Scorers keep a close eye on the action
LEADERBOARD: Scorers keep a close eye on the action
SCENIC SPOT: Hyeji Lee, of Korea, at Clearwater
SCENIC SPOT: Hyeji Lee, of Korea, at Clearwater
COMPETITOR: Hyeji Lee of Korea
COMPETITOR: Hyeji Lee of Korea
IN ACTION: Lydia Ko on Day One at the NZ Women's Open.
IN ACTION: Lydia Ko on Day One at the NZ Women's Open.
CROWD APPEAL: Dozens of golf fans are at Clearwater for the NZ Women's Open.
CROWD APPEAL: Dozens of golf fans are at Clearwater for the NZ Women's Open.
CLOSER LOOK: Lydia Ko tests her swing.
CLOSER LOOK: Lydia Ko tests her swing.

As the Lydia Ko show, better known as the New Zealand Women's Open, moves away from Clearwater and members try their best to replicate winner Mi Hyang Lee's magical round, On The Tee has a look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of the event.

The Good

Lee was sensational. While Ko and co were battling it out trying to beat each other and the Clearwater course, Lee was slaying it.

THE BAD: The behaviour of a few Open spectators was pretty poor.
THE BAD: The behaviour of a few Open spectators was pretty poor.

The world No 256 - which made her just the 94th best South Korean - made an eagle and seven birdies in her flawless round which included just 26 putts. She was simply brilliant. And modest to boot; she spent half the post-tournament press conference with her head in her hands embarrassed at her perceived lack of English which, for the record, was fine.

Like Ko she was also crook with a stomach bug early in the tournament, but was back to her best by Sunday.

Ko wasn't and was very close to pulling out of the event all together before her second round, but hung tough because she didn't want to let any fans down.

Lee's world ranking leapt from 256 to 145 while the second and third-best New Zealanders both did well too.

Cathryn Bristow and Caroline Bon both finished in a tie for 26th at even par. Bristow climbed 57 places to 502, Bon 122 places to 566 while former Kiwi Cecilia Cho, who fired a final round two-under 70 to finish one-under and in a tie for 20th, leapt 228 places to 611 in the world.

The Bad

The crowds. There were plenty of them, but the behaviour of a few was pretty poor.

Ko said players would rather have big crowds than well-behaved crowds, but it's not so clear all her playing partners felt the same. After Ko had putted out, the often five-deep gallery would start talking and moving while the other players were still putting out.

In their defence there were no signs explaining the basic etiquette, but one would have thought common sense might have prevailed.

Also, the group of middle-aged women wishing Ko's opponents' balls into trouble; that's just the behaviour of average human beings.

The Ugly

The hole-in-one competition was a joke. Laura Davies shanked her ball, three others missed the green all together and 36-hole leader Anya Alvarez was on the green, but miles away. The rules around the insurance of the $1m prize meant the players had to hit from 165m and they didn't even scare the flag.

The idea was solid, the crowd was bumper, but the execution very average.

A 130m competition would have been so much more exciting or, if it had to be 165m, they should have opened it up to more players or added punters too.

Canterbury