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Heaven help those who don’t beat her soon

World No.1 Lydia Ko took home her ninth career title at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. The 17-year-old Ko finished at 9-under-par, two shots clear of Amy Yang. Ko got her round started with a spectacular eagle that set the stage for a pace that Yang ended up being unable to keep up with on the back nine as Ko played the inward nine bogey free.

Taller, cooler, smarter – never before has a 17-year-old applied instructions so aptly as Lydia Ko, the youngest ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open champion.

Ko, as has become her custom, set another swag of records today in holding off Korean Amy Yang by two shots to win on the fabled Royal Melbourne Composite Course.

The win, Ko’s sixth on the LPGA Tour and fourth national championship after two in Canada and one in her native New Zealand, will help consolidate her position atop the Rolex Rankings.

But it was the method by which she lived coach David Leadbetter’s instructions to be taller, cooler and smarter that made most who witnessed sense it won’t be anywhere near her last.

“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”.7, 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.”

And it’s where she’s a cut above the rest of the golfing world.

 “I feel like I really want to go back to Oatlands again and play. It’s a lot of great memories and a lot of things have happened in those years.

“Time flies, (but) I’m still 17 though.”

Heaven help those who don’t beat her soon.


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