Ko tries to continue winning ways in Singapore


Lydia Ko will be trying to win her third consecutive title worldwide when she tees it up in Thursday’s start of the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

Ko, 17, the youngest No. 1 in the history of professional golf, leads the strongest field this year with the top 19 players in the Rolex world rankings all scheduled to play the LPGA’s fifth event of the season.

Ko will have No. 2 Inbee Park and No. 3 Stacy Lewis trying to cut into her lead in the rankings while Paula Creamer will be looking to defend her title after winning in dramatic fashion a year ago with a 75-foot eagle putt that beat Azahara Munoz in a playoff.

With her victories at the Women’s Australian Open and New Zealand Women’s Open in back-to-back weeks, Ko heads to Singapore with terrific momentum. In four worldwide starts this year, she has finished top 10 in all of them.

“I tied for second in my first week, tied for seventh the week after, then won my last two events,” Ko said. “So, this is even better than I would ever have imagined.”

Ko has won three of her last five worldwide starts going back to last year’s CME Group Tour Championship. She is playing the HSBC Women’s Champions for just the second time. She finished 15th a year ago.