OCALA, Fla. – Lydia Ko didn’t take long to show her new contact lenses are working nicely, thank you.
Ko, who ditched her bookish, large-rimmed glasses for contacts in the offseason, rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt Wednesday at her first hole of the 2015 season.
Ko, 17, has a completely different look without her glasses, so much so that her own caddie, Jason Hamilton, didn’t recognize her when she approached him to prepare for the Coates Golf Championship at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club this week.
“It might be like that for awhile,” Ko said. “I guess after a week or so everyone will get used to it.”
Ko said she eventually wants to have Lasik surgery.
How are Ko’s eyes without contacts or glasses?
“My eyesight’s pretty bad,” Ko said. “When I have [no glasses or contacts], I’m probably not able to recognize anyone. It’s more blur and color.”
Ko, by the way, didn’t spend much of that $1.5 million she won at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. She said she bought herself a modest pair of earrings, bought her mother a nice handbag and gave the Rolex watch she won as Rookie of the Year to her grandfather, Cheon Kwan Hyun.