After a nice start to the season in which Lydia Ko strung together multiple impressive performances together, Ko was able to take a little break before things heated up again on the LPGA tour.
That included meeting Steph Curry and we all gushed - once again - at how awesome Lydia is. Ko's awesome, she still needs to win golf tournaments or consistently record top-five finishes is she's to maintain her perch atop the women's golfing world which isn't getting any weaker.
There's a whole lot of tournaments in quick succession on the LPGA tour at the moment and Lydia is quickly moving on from her 2nd place in Phoenix, Arizona at the JTBC Founders Cup to prepare for the first major of the year. Lydia shot rounds of 70, 67, 64 and 65, shooting -22 which was enough to keep her ahead of a strong chasing pack on -19/-18 but wasn't good enough to beat Sei Young Kim from South Korea who won with rounds of 63, 66, 70 and 62 to shoot -27 overall.
If we're going to be critical of Lydia, she's twice finished 2nd (Founders Cup + Australian Women's Open) after starting slow. In Australia she shot 70, 70, 68 and 67 and in Arizona she started with a 70 before improving.
I'm not sure if it's a bad thing that Lydia starts slow and can't quite make up the head start given to a competitor, or if it's super cool that she finishes strong. In a perfect world Lydia would shoot mid-60s throughout, but I'd rather her start slow and finish strong that do the opposite ya know?
Overnight Lydia will tee off at the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California which serves as a nice warm up for the first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration at Rancho Mirage, California.
As tends to be the case, the Kia Classic will host a long list of the world's best female golfers. Ko's tee time is at 7:45am which is 3:45am NZT tomorrow morning in a group with Brooke Henderson and Minjee Lee - Henderson is in her first Kia Classic, she's recorded four consecutive top-10 finishes leading into the Kia though.
Super duper Lydia is 3rd on the prize-money rankings.
Super duper Lydia is 3rd in the Race To CME Globe Season.
Super duper Lydia has the lowest scoring average on the tour with 68.87 - only her and Ha Na Jang average below 69.
Super duper Lydia is ranked 4th in the Rolex Player Of The Year.
Super duper Lydia is 2nd in birdies, averaging 4.625 a round.
Super duper Lydia has spent 22 weeks at the top of the Rolex Rankings.