A week ago was New Zealand Lydia Ko stood in the middle of a podium with Nelly Korda and Mone Inami, received his second Olympic medal of his career at Kasumigaseki Country Club. The bronze medal she earned is yet another relic to add to the ever-growing collection of achievements the 24-year-old has amassed in her golf career. Dedicated to victory for his country and her grandmother, who unfortunately existed before the event, Ko gave bronze to her sister, Sura, to return to the United States. The grand champion went straight from Tokyo to the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open and started the first day of competition with a first round 70 to sit draw for 35 ..
“I actually hit the ball really well. My ball stroke was really good. I think I had 35 or 34 putts. I was not really doing anything I could have. It was a bit of a very stress-free 2-under and I felt like I could have shot much lower as it was so calm for most of our round, ”said Ko. “Hopefully I can keep the same good feelings for the long game and I can hole a few more over the next few days.”
Ko plays in her fourth Women’s Scottish Open, where she delivered her best finish back in 2020 (T12). She has never registered lower than a 67, but said she loves the opportunity to be back on links, especially before the season’s final major championship next week.
“I love playing links golf. You have to hit some different types of shots and be very creative. It’s fun and I think this course is a really good introduction to Carnoustie, ”said Ko. “It is actually very mature considering that it has only been open for 18 months or so. Yes, one would think it has been around for a long time. I think the golf course is great. It’s a unique setup, and I think especially when the wind is pretty low, I think it can get gettable.
“Then just have to play smart, but I know it’s going to be pretty windy tomorrow. So play smart and see what happens. ”
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