Lydia Ko’s first major win at the Evian Championship today was achieved in record breaking style. At 18 years old, the New Zealander becomes the youngest major winner in LPGA history. Her 8 under par 63 final round had 8 birdies and no dropped shots, her statistics for the week were exceptional. 68% Greens In Regulation, 75% driving acuracy fairways hit, 67% sand saves, just 1.7 putts per green and an average drive of 240 yards. Lydia said she just “focussed on one shot at a time” and was encouraged by the great crowds. Her biggest goal is to compete in the Rio Olympics next year.
Lydia’s coach David Leadbetter, who began working with her two years ago, said she was already a brilliant golfer when he started working with her. “All I’ve done is to shorten her backswing fractionally. She was fading the ball and her lack of length became something of an issue playing amongst the professionals. So we felt she needed to draw the ball a bit”.
With the Solheim Cup Europe v USA women next week, calls have again been made to incorporate the Asian players into the match. In its current format the Solheim Cup will see only six of the World top 20 in action, such is the dominance of Lydia and the Korean players. Although the Presidents Cup USA v Rest of the World hasn’t really taken off for the men, for the women it is a different ball game.
Expecting a brilliant Solheim Cup next week in Germany where there is a huge interest in golf. Their successful hosting of this event might possibly swing the decision for the 2022 Ryder Cup, which the Germans are bidding for near Berlin, in their favour.