Lydia Ko / Canadian Press
Lydia is returning to defend her Canadian Open title that she famously won last year, and is happy to be back playing in this tournament again. Her expectations are not as high, and would be happy to finish in the top ten;
“It feels good to play this tournament again, last year this event was such a memorable week for me, so I am excited for this week. I think my best memory from the win is the back-to-back birdies on the back nine. I had four birdies in a row and that makes a lot of difference, it got me from one-under to five-under. It’s always good to have a birdie, but to follow it up was awesome. There is pressure there, yeah, but I’m just going to think about my own game, one shot at a time. The course is quite traditional and I am looking forward to playing there this week. Canada is a cool place, to me it feels kind of like New Zealand, my goal for this week is a top-10 finish. A top-10 at a pro tournament is always a good result.”
Before her victory in Vancouver last year, Lydia beat the pros at the 2012 Women’s NSW Open in Sydney, She has followed that victory up with her defense, in Sydney six months ago, with a runner-up showing to Caroline Hedwall, who finished 5-0-0 in the Solheim Cup last weekend. Lydia has also won the New Zealand Women’s Open. This event will be Lydia’s 10th LPGA start this year, and her best finish to date was a third-place position in the Women’s Australian Open in February.
Lydia said that the year had been special, and is now thinking about when to turn Pro;
“I’ve really enjoyed the last year, this has been a whole new experience for me. I’ve had the opportunity to experience a lot of difference courses. It doesn’t feel like I’ve played in 10 already, it’s been pretty special. It’s been a whole different life as a teenager. It’s been really cool. I don’t worry about the money, my parents are the ones who think about money and the expenses. We’re thinking about the right time to turn pro now.”
It is now 22 professional starts as an amateur for Lydia in her career, and she has made the cut at all of those events, and I don’t expect anything different from her at this years Canadian Women’s Open.