Fatigued Ko WDs from Ochoa Invitational


Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko withdrew Friday from the Lorena Ochoa Invitational next week in Mexico.

Ko isn’t injured, her management team says, just in need of some extra rest.

“Yes, just fatigue from four weeks of tournaments in Asia,” said IMG’s Michael Yim, Ko’s agent. “She wants to be ready and recharged heading into CME.”

Ko has clinched the No. 1 spot in the points reset for the $1 million jackpot at stake in the season-long Race to the CME Globe finale in Naples, Fla., Nov. 19-22. Ko played four weeks in a row in Asia before taking off this week to return to her U.S. home in Orlando. She acknowledged feeling tired before teeing it up at the Blue Bay LPGA in China last week, her last start on the fall Asian swing.

Ko ended last year’s season on a high note, winning the $1 million Race to the CME Globe and also winning the $500,000 first-place check as winner of the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. Her $1.5 million take was the richest payday in the history of women’s golf.