Lydia Ko heads into this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open as one of the clear favourites following her spectacular recent run in the Major championships.
Since finishing tied third behind Inbee Park in last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry the 19-year-old World No. 1 has won The Evian Championship, won the ANA Inspiration, lost in a play-off at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and finished tied-3rd in the US Women’s Open and she sees no reason why she cannot extent that run this week over the Marquess’ course at Woburn.
“It’s been a learning process,” confirmed Ko. “Winning The Evian gave me a lot of confidence and then winning the ANA Inspiration and contending in the next two Majors built on that.
“You’re always learning,” she added. “Even if you lose there’s always a key thing you can learn at the end of each week.
“What I’ve learned is every round is a new round. Every day is a new day. I remember a couple of years ago I shot 80 or 80-something in the final round of the British Open but then the next week won the Marathon Classic. You’ve got to learn not to punish yourself so much for the bad weeks. Sometimes we have those days where everything clicks but sometimes it doesn’t and that’s just the way it is.”
One of the few players to come out on top against Ko during the New Zealander’s recent run is Brooke Henderson who beat her in a play-off to claim her first Major title at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and has since also won the Cambia Portland Classic for a second year in a row.
Henderson is one of a large number of players to have taken an instant liking to the Marquess’ course at Woburn.
“It’s my second Ricoh Women’s British Open and I love the course this year,” she confirmed. “It’s certainly not a traditional links but more tree-lined like the course I won my first Major on.
“I’ve definitely good some good vibes and some good feelings going into the week,” she added. “I’m excited to tee it up this week.”
World No. 1 Ko and No. 2 Henderson are the two top-ranked players in the field for this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open.World No. 4 Lexi Thompson, No. 5 Sei Young Kim and No. 6 Ariya Jutanugarn are also playing but missing is defending champion Inbee Park who pulled out last week suffering from an on-going thumb injury.
World No. 3 Park achieved the Career Grand Slam with her victory in the 2015 Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry.