Ko seeking Swinging Skirts three-peat

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DALY CITY, Calif. – Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko will try to become just the third player in the last decade to win an LPGA event three consecutive years when she tees it up in Thursday’s start to the Swinging Skirts Classic.

Ko defeated Stacy Lewis in a thrilling weekend duel to win the first Swinging Skirts Classic played at Lake Merced Golf Club two years ago. She won again last year, defeating Morgan Pressel in a playoff.

“Obviously, just to say you’re defending a title is tough enough,” Ko said. “If I did end up [winning for a third time], it would be extra special.”

Ko’s victory here in 2014 was her first as an LPGA member. It meant so much to her, she had the date she won tattooed in Roman numerals above her right wrist.

Sunday promises to be a special day for Ko no matter how she fares. She will celebrate her 19th birthday.

“I can’t believe it’s already my third year on tour,” Ko said. “I feel like I’m getting old.

“Yeah, I’m growing up. There are girls younger than me. Brooke [Henderson] is a couple months younger. Last year, and the year before, everybody was younger than me. I feel like everything is changing really quickly.”

Ko is seeking her fourth worldwide victory this year, her third LPGA title. She will play in the featured pairing Thursday morning with Lewis and In Gee Chun. They’re scheduled to go off at 10:55 a.m. ET.