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Lydia Ko’s win at CME involved an odd misstep. What happened next was nothing

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Lydia Ko on Sunday after her second putt on the 14th hole at Tiburon Golf Club.

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Lydia Ko, who carried her club to the left in an attempt to make the ball that way, didn’t like it. Over the course of a few minutes, two observers did not.

“Wow, I wasn’t expecting that,” said NBC analyst Karen Staples, herself a longtime gamer.

He said, “There’s no reason to be there.” Morgan Brisselwho is also a commentator and veteran.

“The response in this way is very surprising,” Pressell later added.

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Staples later added, “It’s one thing for Leona to hit him in the water — it was a bad shot — but I’m totally on the ground at Lydia who follows her there.”

he is He was up one Sunday during CME Group Tour’s Championship Final round. She had five holes to go to at Tiburon Golf Club. She was in the middle of the fairway after the tee shot a 527-yard par-5 14. I just watched Leona Maguireher closest pursuer in the LPGA’s Two-Mil-to-the-Win-ender, made up in a bog.

She got rid of hers, too. Co did not go left so you can put a car park with all the room on the dogleg right. Instead, Koe tried to par-ball her ball into a narrow window of water, bunkers and a bit of grass on the right. And you and Karen Staples and Morgan Pressel asked why.

Kuo said why not.

Then she won. by two.

On the hole in question, Coe did not want to travel to the far right. But she did not go to the left. Or perhaps more accurately, she didn’t need to to me.

Everyone is cursed.

Then on Sunday, Koe was reflective, as the glow of victory tended to make one. The 2014 CME winner stamped her name on the event — though Ko isn’t fond of this bespectacled 17-year-old contestant, thank you very much — and there was a conversation earlier in the week about who was the MVP: Phenomenon The teen, or the 25-year-old who’s lost her way a bit, but is now world No. 2.



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Ko’s mother knew this answer.

“My mom sometimes jokes with me,” said the younger Ko on Friday. “It’s, like, ‘I played so much better when I was, like, 15.'”

I was, like, ‘Thank you, Mom. Well, what did you mean to do with that information? “

Good things. Is she right? Who says? Flash forward a few years, to 2015 and 2016, and Ko has won a whopping nine times, including two majors. This year, she won three times. And you should take all of this at your guess.

This also. The exchange is long, but Kou is an excellent storyteller, and there is a great point.

“I’m just curious, when you look at that girl that year in 2014 maybe versus the woman you are now, how does it compare?” asked the Sunday reporter.


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“Yeah, I think that week I actually flew in from Mexico because we flew Lauren [Ochoa] It happened the previous week,” Kou began. “I was coming into the week a little tired, and I remember not playing that great. So that year was the first time we had a million dollar globe outside of the event. I think if you’re in the top nine coming into the race, you stand a chance of winning the globe if you win the event. I ended up doing that.

“I think I played an extra hole that day, and I was in the playoff with it Charlotte [Ciganda] and Julieta [Granada]The three of us had completely different player styles. I think there was a moment in qualifying where I thought I had lost because Carlotta had hit a very close shot there, but clearly she missed her shot.

“You know, a lot of things have happened since then. I was 17 in 2014. I don’t feel like a 25-year-old right now. There’s been a lot of ups and downs on and off the golf course, but all of those moments made for moments like today. I think, Yeah, maybe when I was younger, maybe I played a little more freely because I was a little clueless at the same time.

“But now, you know, I’ve had my share of ups and downs, and I think that helped me realize that, hey, we’re going to have good days and we’re also going to have bad days. I think my view of how I handle bad shots or bad events is a lot better now than I used to be.” I do at that time.

“I hope I’ve grown more as an individual since then, and I think golf is very connected to life in general, and I think golf makes you very humble as well. It’s a constant learning journey, but I’m passionate about who I am in life and on the golf course. But, as You know, I never miss the times I wear my glasses and have to clean my lenses, too. Yeah.”

Kou laughed at this point. And remember, all of the above came After, after 72-hole championship game with the richest prize pool in LPGA history. let’s continue.


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“Just as a follow-up,” said one reporter, “can you say that you kind of regained the same kind of freedom that you were playing with at the time, just in a different way?”

“I think so,” Ko said. “I think I’m freer now knowing that whatever happens will happen. Sometimes I can set my intention 100 percent, and you don’t do something like I intended to do it.

“And then sometimes I don’t think it’s going to be okay, which is great. So I think all these kinds of experiences help me become freer because at the end of the day, it’s like a gamble. Yeah, you kind of want it to work for you.” , but I can’t – like, just because I’m getting more in control, it won’t do me any good.

“So I just think let go, and I’ve said all year long, you know, what the hell is that going to be. I want this to be, as I imagine it to be, but at the same time, playing alongside the best female golfers in the world, I know it’s It’s not easy, so I have to focus on me. And if I do a good job with what I have in front of me, that’s all I can really ask for.”

All of which is not to say that this version of the Ko shoots flags and rams shots from 6 feet away. still calculated. But you learn things.

Like the rules of the game when your ball goes too far to the right.

In short, the fourteenth day for Kou Sunday was a surgery. precise. No nerves. I repaired the damage, with a nary scar.

After finding her ball unplayable, she fell, hitting her fourth shot to about 30 feet and putting two for bogey. Maguire also marveled, and Koe’s advantage was taken by one point.


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After paring at 15, she makes 16. and 17. On the leaderboard it reads this way: Ko, 17-under; Maguire, 15; Anna Nordqvist, 14 years old.

After representing Ko parred 18, this is how the leaderboard finally reads. You will head into next year a winner.

And now we look forward. We’ll do that with a question.

What would happen if one of the best golfers ever became unafraid to take risks, because she could recover from any consequences?

While you think about the answer, we’ll end things with this line from Pressel, after Ko’s birdie at 16.

“Look how stoic and calm and settled she looks. Like, yeah, that’s what I’m supposed to do.”

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Nick Piastowski

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Nick Piastowski is a senior editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit a golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native probably plays the game, hitting the ball left, right, and short, and drinking cold beer to wash his score. You can reach out to him about any of these topics—his stories, his game, or his beer—at [email protected]

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