Lydia Co said Tuesday that she could not be “too happy” even though she is the world number one and one of the favorites at the Women’s World Championship in Singapore this week.
The 25-year-old New Zealander, who got married in December, enjoyed a good start to the year winning in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago.
But even though she was in the red and she was the LPGA’s reigning champion of the year, the Women’s World Championship was far from her.
“You can’t be too proud of where you are because it’s tight at the top,” Ko said ahead of the tournament, which starts on Thursday at the Sentosa Golf Club.
“Everybody’s playing really well and you can’t say, ‘I’m going to be here forever,'” said the Kiwi, who finished sixth. last week in Thailand.
“When I was young, I felt like being number one meant I had to win or fight week after week, but that’s not true,” he added.
“Everybody is going to have their ups and downs but you have to manage that by making sure those lows aren’t too low and you don’t get too high from the highs.”
Ko’s best result in Singapore came in the 2015 edition where he finished second, and he knows that playing his short game is the recipe for success. eat this week.
“Putting well is obviously going to be important here, especially when you get those birdie opportunities or when you need those up and down,” he said.
“Putting the four rounds together will increase stability in the pitch, which is a big key for me,” he said.
Like Ko, Brooke Henderson is off to a winning start, winning the LPGA at the season opener in Orlando, Florida.
The Canadian has now won at least one championship in eight of her nine seasons on the LPGA and is looking to continue the winning streak in Singapore.
“It’s a dream start, I’m trying to make small improvements every time and try to improve a little bit,” said the 25-year-old.
Among the contestants will be Ko Jin-young from South Korea.
He is hoping that his mental training will pay off as he tries to become the first player to successfully defend his title at the tournament.
“I know there will be pressure but I don’t want to think about it too much,” he said.
“I just have to focus because it’s worked for me in the past and I’ve been able to focus more on my swing and golf.”
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