Bri­tish Open set for lat­est Ko-Hen­der­son ba le

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

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. –

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