Ly­dia KOs an­other coach

The Observer - - SPORT | DIGEST -

GOLF: For­mer world No.1 Ly­dia Ko knows she’s get­ting bagged for chang­ing her sup­port staff al­most as much as her clubs.

The New Zealan­der (pic­tured) took an early joint lead in yes­ter­day’s open­ing round of the Aus­tralian Open in Ade­laide – with an­other new coach and an­other cad­die.

The 20-year-old has had 11 cad­dies since turn­ing pro five years ago. And she’s on her third coach.

But Ko said crit­ics of her changes missed the point.

“I’m try­ing to make the de­ci­sions where I think it’s the best for me in my ca­reer,” Ko said af­ter card­ing a four-un­der-par 68 at the Kooy­onga course.

“Some­times, I think ‘Hey, maybe I shouldn’t have done that’. But I feel like I made the right de­ci­sions.

“All I can do ... is do what I think is best for me and, some­times, not every­body will agree.”

Ko last year lost her world No.1 rank­ing amid her first win­less LPGA sea­son since 2012.

This came af­ter she dumped the renowned David Lead­bet­ter, with whom she worked from 2013 to 2106. In came Gary Gilchrist, who lasted just the year. Now, Ko is work­ing un­der Ted Oh.


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