She’s just put on her first truly dominating performance in very close to three years (1084 days, to be precise), leading even Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko to a new realisation that she’s capable of winning another golf tournament, after all.
The New Zealander put to bed all doubts about her golfing career being over when on Sunday (NZ time) she won her first title on the LPGA tour in a very long time. Her thrilling performance at the LOTTE Championship at Honolulu’s Kapolei Golf Club saw her bowing out with a final round stunner of seven-under-par 65 and a seven-shot win.
Ko on Sunday dismissed not only the doubts of her fans and countrymen, but also her self-admitted own. She during the post-tour greenside interview said that there were times she had seriously doubted whether she’d ever again step back into the winners’ circle. She added that after all that’s happened, she still believed that she was exactly where she was supposed to be in her life and in her career – win or lose.
By the time it came to teeing off for the final round, the Kiwi enjoyed a single-shot lead over playing partner Nelly Korda (US). She not once looked about to surrender that lead, at one stage even threatening Sei-Young Kim’s 31-under-set 72-hole record put up in 2018.
Ko again paid tribute to swing coach Sean Foley, who seems to be having a positive impact on the mental health and agility of the 23-year-old. The Kiwi said even though she knew Sunday was going to be no walk in the park, she slept just fine the previous evening. She knew that her fate was already laid out before her, said the clearly at-peace New Zealander.
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