Lovely Lydia Ko wins the ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open at Royal Melbourne in Australia.
Lydia, the World Number One claimed the ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open title and picked up the Patricia Bridges Bowl. Carding a final round -2 under par 71 giving her two shot winning margin at -9 under par for the tournament around the dangerous Composite Course at Royal Melbourne.
Lydia’s coach, David Ledbetter had been telling her to stand tall, she was head and shoulders over everyone else in this competition;
“We’ve been working on my swing and be tall is the part in my swing where I shouldn’t dip my head and I would say my height is 5’3″ so he said ‘Lydia, you were 4’11” the other day’.”
“He told me to keep my height and said I was 5’3”.8’ and I was like, ‘Ok, I’m getting taller’. We were talking about that in the sense of ‘be tall’.”
“Be cool was because we discussed that it was going to be hot and also be cool in the head too, be smart, play safe when you need to and then be aggressive.”
“Play smart was really the biggest thing he told me at the beginning of this week.”
She stayed cool when the pressure came, at the short par-four, the eighth, her wedge shot flew through the green and down into a deep swale behind the putting surface, giving her virtually no chance of getting up and down. A missed flop shot compounded the error, she gathered all her mental strength, got the ball on the green, and then sunk the long bogey putt;
“After I hit the shot, I said, I should have just hit that second shot the first time.”
“Even if I didn’t make a par, it’s an easier bogey and I had to work really hard for that bogey.
“I think that bogey putt was really good and if I’d made a double, today could have been a whole different story.”
“Time flies, but I’m still 17 though.”
Amy Yang finished in second place with a -7 under par total, her final round -1 under par 72 was not enough, but she did have chances.
Ariya Jutanugarn had a calamitous last round, +3 over par 76, it gave her third position with a -4 under par total, and left her five shots behind the leader.