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Is Lydia Ko playing best golf of her life on LPGA Tour right now? | Golf Central | Golf Channel

HER 18th LPGA TOUR EVENT. CHAMPIONSHIP IN HER BIRTH COUNTRY OF KOREA. AND ONLY LATER TO REVEAL THAT SHE HAD SPLIT WITH HER SWING COACH OF TWO YEARS SEAN FOLEY THE MONTH PRIOR. SHE CAUGHT ATTENTION WITH THIS QUOTE SAYING I THINK THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST SEASONS OR THE BEST SEASON I'VE HAD. I WANTED TO FINISH STRONG, INCLUDING WITH A WIN WITH ONLY THREE EVENTS TO GO. TO WIN THIS ONE WOULD MEAN A LOT AND GIVES ME GOOD MOTIVATION FOR THE LAST COUPLE EVENTS IN FLORIDA. THE REASON THIS WAS A FASCINATING QUOTE WAS BECAUSE SHE SAID ARGUABLY COULD BE THE BEST SEASON IN HER CAREER. WE GO TO 2016 AS PERHAPS THE BEST SEASONS BECAUSE THE JOURNEY SHE'S BEEN ON REALLY HAS BEEN SUCH A FASCINATING ONE. >> ALL THE NUMBERS MAY NOT PROVE HER POINT, BUT ONE NUMBER DOES. HER SCORING AVERAGE THIS YEAR IS .4 SHOTS BETTER THAN 2014, SO CLEARLY FROM A CONSISTENCY STANDPOINT SHE'S PLAYING THE BEST GOLF OF HER LIFE, WHICH IS GREAT NEWS. SHE'S A CHILD PRODIGY, AND CHILD PRODIGIES DON'T ALWAYS OR EVEN OFTEN GO ON TO ADULT IMMINENCE. THAT IS THE CURSE OF PRECOCIOUS TALENT.

YOU ARE ALWAYS BURDENED BY ELEVATED EXPECTATIONS AND JUDGED NOT BY WHO YOU BEAT OR THE FACT, ARE YOU BETTER THAN YOU WERE WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD? WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT SHE ACCOMPLISHED WHEN SHE WAS ESSENTIALLY A CHILD — SHE WAS A TEENAGER WHEN SHE EMBARKED ON THIS CAREER, 15 YEARS OF ANYONE. LOOK AT WIN PERCENTAGE 15 TO 19 EARLY ON, AND YOU SEE THAT SHE HAD AN EXTRAORDINARY WIN PERCENTAGE. TIGER STUFF. NICKLAUS STUFF. AWIN PERCENTAGE OF ALMOST 15%. FROM 2007 TO 2022, AND LITERALLY TOWARDS THE END OF 2015, 2016 IN THERE, THERE BEGAN TO BE THIS TECHNICAL ABSOLUTE THEY ARE CREPT IN AND BEGAN TO DECAY HER STATISTICS AND THAT CARRIED INTO 2017, AND IT'S HARD TO GET RID OF THAT.

IT REALLY IS. THE WAY BACK TO DOMINANCE IS NOT SOME TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY, IT'S MENTAL CLARITY. IT IS TRUST. AND THE FACT THAT PERHAPS SHE'S JETTYSONNED SOME COMPLICATING ISSUES IN HER LIFE AND FOUND SOME CLARITY WILL ALLOW HER TO GET BACK ON THAT TRACK, THAT '15 — MIND YOU, THAT IS LUDICROUS, BUT THAT'S HOW GOOD THIS WOMAN IS. SHE'S NOT THE DRIVE OF THE GOLF BALL SHE USED TO BE, BUT SHE'S MAKING UP FOR IT IN OTHER AREAS. SHE'S A BUTTER PUTTER. BETTER SCRAMBLER. EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS IN EQUAL WILL MAKE YOU A BETTER PLAYER. HERE SHE IS 25 YEARS OLD, HEY, SHE'S GOT A DECADE OF EXPERIENCE. AND IT'S GREAT TO SEE.

YOU KNOW, SHE'S WON TWICE THIS YEAR. SHE'S GOING FOR A THIRD WIN. BUT THE SCORING AVERAGE, AS I'VE SAID WITH RORY, CERTAINLY TELLS YOU SHE'S A BETTER PLAYER NOW THAN SHE WAS IN 2015. >> AND OF COURSE SHE WON THIS EVENT AT THE CME GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP BACK IN 2014 WHICH CAPPED OFF AN INCREDIBLE ROOKIE YEAR FOR PLAYER OF THE YORE IN 2015, THE YOUNGEST PLAYER TO HIT TEN WINS ON THE LPGA TOUR, CLAIMING THE FIRST MAJOR AT 18. THE ACCOLADES CAME SO THICK AND FAST, AND THEN SHE DID ENTER A WINLESS DROUGHT. WENT OVER 1,000 DAYS WITHOUT WINNING. FINALLY BROKE THAT IN 2021. AS A PLAYER, HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE EMOTIONS AND WORK ETHIC SHE'S PROVED ALL THESE YEARS? >> FIRST THING THAT STICK OUT TO ME IS TO HAVE THAT TIME LINE AS — I DON'T KNOW WHETHER WE SHOULD PINPOINT IT AS AN EXPECTATION. SHE CAME OUT AS A 15-YEAR-OLD, NO EXPECTATIONS, DID AMAZING THINGS — THE UNTHINKABLE.

WOULD WIN BY FIVE OR SIX, SOMETHING THAT AS A VETERAN OUT THERE, IT'S TOUGH TO WIN. AND SO TO SEE HER KIND OF MAKE A FULL CIRCLE, AND I THINK IT'S MORE OF AN EXPECTATION. YOU CAN SEE IN HER.

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