Lydia Ko says she finds it “hard to accept” the ultra-competitive nature of the world women’s golf ranking, which she leads by 186 ahead of her start to the US LPGA Championship this week.
In terms of stability of positions, Ko is on top of the world for the sixth straight year, and seventh time in total, having delivered a dominant run of three wins in succession at a time when the 17-year-old Kiwi was fresh off a sudden death playoff victory at the 2017 Evian Championship.
While Ko certainly holds the first women’s major title, she admits she needs to keep her focus throughout the 82 holes of golf that will make up the US Open Championship, where she tees off at 8.35am local time against Lotte Corp’s Ryu So-yeon.
“I’m pretty sure it’s good I have been winning a lot, but still, there’s so much more to come and it’s hard to accept sometimes the results,” Ko said.
“But there’s times when I feel it might not make sense sometimes. It’s so hard to keep everything on track because things can change so quickly at the LPGA and US Open.”
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Ko, who has made eight starts this season, already has two top-five finishes, with both of those coming at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan. She also finished tied for 12th and tied for 23rd at last week’s Women’s PGA Championship.
Ryu, a brilliant former world No1, has won twice this season and was the defending champion at the Meijer LPGA Classic, when Ko and world No2 Ryu So-yeon combined to form a three-way tie for the first-round lead.
Ko is the first time since Australia’s Karrie Webb in 2003 that a teenager has led the world rankings. But the Kiwi also knows it might not last long.
“I’m looking forward to looking at the numbers the day after the tournament is done and seeing if it’s changed any,” Ko said. “But right now, it’s about two more rounds and looking forward to winning.”
The US LPGA Championship begins on Thursday morning.