What Me Worry About No. 1 Ranking? Lydia Ko Claims No Pressure


World No. 1 Lydia Ko returns to the course this week after posting a T9 finish at the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play presented by Aeromexico and Delta two weeks ago.

In three starts at the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC, Ko has never finished outside the top 20, with her best finish coming as a rookie in 2014 when she was fifth. The stakes are high this week as only .23 points separate Ko from No. 2 So Yeon Ryu in the Rolex Rankings and .02 points separates Ryu from No. 3 Ariya Jutanugarn.

“I don’t really look at the rankings myself,” Ko said. “I don’t go in my spare time and look, Hey, what position am I in? I kind of know these things through media and when people tell me, Hey it’s getting close. It could change this week.”

Knowing the potential for change this week, Ko’s not worried about the rankings. “I know that the girls are playing amazing golf and there is an incredible amount of talent on this tour in the women’s game in general,” she said.

“I know I need to work hard,” Ko continued, “and I need to put that performance to try and maintain it. I just got to focus on the round, the shot in front of me, and not get too carried away about the results and the rankings. Just got to focus on me.”

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