Ko: It's good to be nervous

by Sadie Mccarthy Julio 10, 2016, 4:09
Ko: It's good to be nervous

She is completing an online degree in psychology this summer, and she is the recognized Zen master of the short game.

"Obviously, my goal is to try and play some good golf week in and week out, but I have to be realistic".

Lydia Ko has admitted she isn't always as calm as she looks and thinks it's good to be nervous sometimes.

Six of her 13 career LPGA wins have come on the west coast of the United States of America or in Canada, which she attributes to the mountainous topography of her homeland.

"Brooke Henderson has been playing wonderful golf, and I think we all saw that coming. I'm seeing more go in, which is always nice".

"I just try and stay positive on the last few holes and not think about what might happen at the end". I feel pretty good at the moment. And if I missed my drives, it was sort of just on the first cut or maybe just in the rough. "But I still love the challenge". She won't be overtaking Ko for No. 1 even with a victory this week.

Wie looked back on her teenage years with a bit of wistfulness on Tuesday. "But that doesn't really mean anything when I tee it up on Thursday". "The answer is I'm not happy". But make no mistake about it, Pak is the mother of the current LPGA. She is the -833 favourite to lead the LPGA Tour in money won. South Korea had 20 golfers in the top 50 in 2015 and have 21 ranked likewise today.

It was Henderson's 11th Top-10 finish of the year. But she didn't find the winner's circle again until 2006, 10 years after her victory at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, 10 years ago this week. I wanted to play in the U.S. Girls Championship, which is the junior of the U.S. Women's Open. 1, 2 and 4 - Ko, Henderson and Thompson. "I really have no idea what to expect", Hack said of her first career U.S. Women's Open experience. She's playing in this week's event on a special exemption. She did not help her case when two days later she showed up at the LPGA Championship venue to practice. In twelve of those starts she has been inside the top ten.

Henderson, second to Ko in the rankings since mid-June, proved Sunday she can scheme with the best of them. "She's an inspiration to all of us out here and I think everyone in the world, basically", said Henderson. They put 110 percent into the game, every single day, every single hour. But it doesn't have to be 24/7. I used to be that way. That may be her most important victory yet. You can't really fault anything in her game where with me, I'd say it's all strong, too, as well, but long game is kind of where I come through.

It's hard, she concedes, in the South Korean culture where daughters, even the millionaires, are expected to remain under the same roof as their parents until marriage. As a youth, Pak was subject to some decidedly unorthodox teaching methods in addition to a regimented routine of golf fundamentals.

Ko: It's good to be nervous

There was a payoff.

Ko is noted as arguably the best putter on the women's tour, but under intense pressure Henderson was brilliant in winning the PGA Championship last month.

There was one more dropped shot on the 16th to leave Ko with plenty of work to do in an event in which she has failed to finish in the top-10 in four previous attempts.

Success was instantaneous - she won four tournaments in her rookie season, and her first two victories were in majors.

"She will be a hero, and my role model forever", said Yang.

South Korea's Chun In-gee is the defending champion.

Ko won the first Major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, in April.

US-based world No.437 Liv Cheng booked her maiden major appearance through a qualifying event in Texas in May. Park isn't competing at CordeValle this week due to a thumb injury. No one could've known that Pak's influence would even prop up the LPGA in tough times. One explanation for Wie's inconsistency can be found in her health, where she's had extremely bad luck. "That's why we're here", said Na Yeon Choi said.

Fans still flock to watch Wie play, though that following is dwindling with her fading relevance.

"Not only did she inspire players from Korea", Daly-Donofrio said, "but it had a trickle effect. When she talks to us, we are honored". For nearly anyone else, having four victories, including the 2014 U.S. Women's Open, at such an age would be a great start to a career. She has a consistent message, especially for those young Koreans who idolize her. At just 19, the Callaway player has broken more records then we can name and already has two major titles and 18 career wins (four of which came in 2016). "And then off the golf course just do something else".

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