Over at Geoff Shackelford’s blog they’re recalling Lydia Ko’s remarkable victory at Royal Melbourne
Royal Melbourne and Riviera
Geoff writes,”Keep in mind that while not a "hilly" course, there is never a flat stance at Royal Melbourne. Many of the greens are elevated, heavily contoured, firm and incredibly fast. After watching PGA Tour pros struggle with Riviera's firmer-than-normal greens, I can only marvel at Ko's consistency at such a demanding course.”
Golf lies and statistics
Stiggy at Geoff’s blog writes, “Watched bits of a couple of the rounds when I could. The missed green number is a little misleading. There were a couple of holes when the pin was at the front of a sloping green and the most sensible shot was to leave it just short, she did exactly that and they count as missed greens. I don't think she missed her landing spot at all.”
Further evidence of Lydia’s remarkable ball-striking and accuracy comes from Mike Clayton who knows a thing(s) about golf and golf course design, “I watched Lydia play 27 holes last week and she never came close to missing a shot. A misjudged pitch into 17 on Saturday night was as close as it got. And Royal Melbourne was really hard last week.”
So much for bomb and gouge
“Just goes to show that bomb and gouge are overrated,” comments Jim Thickmann and just to prove that it’s not just all about length and strength. “And she's doing it with a bag full of fairway woods and hybrids. 3 and 5 woods. 3/4/5 hybrids. Her longest iron is a 6. Take note gentlemen. Far better to take bag setup cues from the LPGA than from the PGA tour swingspeed monsters, writes Matt Evans.
Not so calm Ko
Elsewhere I read that Lydia was laughing or was it chuckling as she walked the 72nd hole? Perhaps confirmation of the persona she has projected therefore it came as a surprise to read what Emily Kay writes.
"I was so upset from the hole before," Ko told reporters after carding a 3-under 70 at Royal Melbourne to get to 6-under for the tournament and into a three-way tie at the top. ''That anger led me to hit an aggressive drive on the 15th."
"Sometimes my anger is good because, like in Ocala [at the tour’s season-opening Coates Golf Championship in Florida], I slammed my putter after three-putting two holes in a row and then I made five birdies in a row," she said. "I think a little bit of anger is good because it just kind of lets the steam out. Sometimes ... I’ve kind of packed it in [and] it’s definitely not helping me."
Given the above revelations it does appear that whoever teaches Lydia the mind-stuff has done a good job with anger management counselling. You could’ve kidded me until reading the above that Lydia ever got angry
Here’s the link to Geoff and Emily
Quote of the Day
“The 17-year-old appears unperturbed on the course but revealed her outward demeanor sometimes hides inner irritation.” – Emily Kay