YOUNG New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko came close to repeating last year’s famous victory at the NSW Open, missing out on the title by two strokes at the weekend.
The world’s No 1 ranked amateur made history last as a 14-year-old, becoming the youngest winner of a professional golf event when she claimed last year’s title.
It sparked a remarkable 2012, which culminated in her win at the Canadian Open, which saw her become the youngest winner of an LPGA event.
Now 15, she went into the final two holes at the Oatlands Golf Club in Sydney level with Swede Caroline Hedwall.
“I think I did pretty good,” Ko told APNZ.
“I would have liked to have some more puts go in, but golf isn’t an easy game where everything goes the way you want it to.
“I play well here – I came second two years ago, first last year and second year, so I think it’s a pretty good tournament. I haven’t played like this in one tournament before, so I’m pretty happy and I think I played some good golf out there.”
It was her second runner-up spot at the tournament, having also finished second in 2011.
“It felt the same [as two years ago]. She was only leading by one shot, so it wasn’t a huge gap and it was definitely catchable. Some people say it’s better to be chasing rather than being chased. But she played pretty good golf as well.”
Ko will now play the ladies masters in Queensland, followed by the New Zealand Women’s Open in Christchurch.