Crowd favorite Lydia Ko shoots 69 at ANA Inspiration

“I think sometimes results are so overrated,” said Lydia Ko of a near perfect start to the day at the ANA Inspiration, the first of LPGA Tour events this year. “I don’t think it is where you finish, whether it is a final round, and you can’t control your tee shots, you can’t control your putts. I think it is how you play off the tee and how you strike the ball, how you land the ball. “And when I landed my tee shot today I had a 9-, 10-footer that lipped out and then a 5-footer that lipped out, so that will help me going into tomorrow.” She had her moment of luck on the front nine, producing a surprising number of birdies on her way to a bogey-free round. The 16-year-old Ko has steadily improved over the past few years. She has won a U.S. Women’s Open in her fourth start of this year, already has five victories on the LPGA Tour this season and achieved a career-high number of ranking spots. Lydia Ko is quickly becoming one of the biggest sensations in women’s golf. Even the head of the USGA, the body that produces the USGA Championship, is predicting that Ko will soon be among the top golfers in the world. For Ko’s nerves – which are typically suspect – to remain so stable, it may be surprising, but Ko told Lydia Z. Goolagong, “It’s a lot easier to me because I am in control of my game.”

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