The headline reads that Lydia Ko choked somewhat at the US Women's Open by firing a final-round 75, including 3 bogeys and a double bogey after she held a nice lead and looked more than likely to stack another win up.
In a way, Ko did choke a wee bit as she saved her worst round for last with that round of 75 coming after rounds of 73, 66 and 70.
Ko's stumbles in that last round coincided with a hot run by Anna Nordqvist for example as the Swede shot 67, with 4 birdies (nothing worse than par) while Ko was shooting a strange number of bogeys.
Perhaps this just shows how competitive women's golf is and you can't really be too down about that. Ko stumbled, Nordqvist and USA's Brittany Lang pounced. This is the LPGA Tour after all, a mighty strong LPGA Tour and if you're off your game slightly, there's ladies there who will make you pay.
The disappointment comes because we all expect so much of Lydia Ko, the phenom.
We simply don't expect Ko to slip up as she did and if she does, then we completely overlook how impressive her performance was.
A staple of Ko's ability is that she rarely falls outside the upper echelon of any tournament, let alone major tournaments. In her last five major tournaments, Ko hasn't finished outside the top-3.
Let that sink in, let it simmer in your loins - Ko may not win but she's always there or thereabouts. Being there or thereabouts in what must be considered the strongest LPGA Tour ever, is fairly amazing.
Trust Lydia to keep it real...
"I feel proud of the way I played. I wasn’t in any good position after the first day. And even to be leading after three days, I think, was a good performance. So I’m proud of the way I played. And this is the best finish I’ve had at the U.S. Open. So I think there’s a lot of positives.”
Super Duper Lydia is still ranked #1 in the Race To CME Globe Season.
Super Duper Lydia is still ranked #1 in the Rolex Rankings.
Super Duper Lydia still has the lowest scoring average (69.218) on Tour and she is the only player to average below 70.
Super Duper Lydia still averages the lowest number of putts on Tour with 28.55 putts a round.
Super Duper Lydia still ranked #1 in Top-10 Finishes with 71%, next best is Brooke Henderson with 58%.
Next up is the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio which gets underway tomorrow night NZT.
Ko won this tournament in 2014.