British Open set for latest Ko-Henderson ba le
LYDIA Ko and Brooke Henderson – ranked number one and two in the world – are two teenagers enjoying the time of their lives in women’s golf ahead of the Women’s British Open today.
New Zealander Ko, 19, holds two of the five major titles – the Evian Championship and ANA Inspiration – and Canadian Henderson, five months younger, claimed her first major at the Women’s PGA Championship in Seattle last month, beating Ko in a play-off.
They go into the British Open at Woburn set for another head-to-head battle.
Then it will be on to the Olympic Games in Rio and, while many of the top men have controversially pulled out, Ko and Henderson are relishing the sport’s comeback to the Games.
“I respect everyone’s opinion and everybody that pulled out,” said Henderson, who will be 19 in September.
“The Zika virus, health issues, political issues, whatever it is. But, at the same time, it’s the Olympics.
“They are going to try and do everything they can to make it safe for us, the athletes. I don’t plan on venturing anywhere.”
Ko, already a 14-time winner on the LPGA Tour, is also positive about Rio.
“I’m super-excited,” she said. “Ever since they announced that golf would be in the Olympics I wanted to get to Rio. I would love the chance to be an Olympian.”
The two young stars are looking forward to the challenge of Woburn – a course that last staged the Women’s British Open in 1999 when American Sherri Steinhauer claimed back-toback wins.
That was two years before the championship gained major status.
Henderson made her British Open debut at Turnberry last year. –