Ko ready for homeland defense despite putting woes


PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Lydia Ko couldn’t have been happier with her ball striking, tying for seventh Sunday in her first start as an LPGA rookie member.

She’d like a few putts back, though.

“I got frustrated out there this week because I hit the ball so well,” Ko said after finishing the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic. “I missed a lot of putts.”

Ko, 16, will tee it up again this coming week when she defends her title at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open in her homeland. She’s flying to Miami on Monday and then halfway across the globe. She said she won’t arrive at the event until Wednesday.

“I’m excited to go back home, but it’s going to be a long flight to get there and I’ll only have the pro-am to prepare,” Ko said. “I played it last year on the same course, so hopefully I will keep my form.”