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History major: Ko eyes big week at Mission Hills

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – If Lydia Ko’s feeling pressure to make history this week, she wasn’t showing it Wednesday when she met the media at the ANA Inspiration.

Ko smiled easily talking about the challenge of trying to pull an impressive double in the record books.

She’ll be looking to become the youngest winner of a major championship in the history of women’s golf and set the LPGA record for most consecutive rounds under par.

If Ko hoists the ANA Inspiration trophy Sunday, she will take Morgan Pressel’s place as the youngest winner of a women’s major. She’ll be 17 years, 11 months and 12 days old. Pressel was 18 years, 10 months and 9 days old when she won the Kraft Nabisco in 2007.

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Ko also brings 28 consecutive rounds under par in LPGA events into Thursday’s first round. Annika Sorenstam holds the record with 29 in a row. “I've had a pretty good start to the season,” said Ko, the Rolex world No. 1. “I feel great, and I played good last week at the Kia Classic, and I didn't play so good there last year. I'm coming, definitely, with a little bit more confidence into this week.”

Ko finished T-25 and T-29 in her only starts in this championship.

Will she be thinking about matching Sorenstam’s record for consecutive rounds under par on Thursday?

“Obviously, because I'm so close, it will be at the back of my mind, because there's been so much talk about it,” Ko said. “I'm sure that thought is going to come up within those 18 holes, but I'm just going to try and have fun. I'm going to be concentrating on that moment, and at the end of the day, my goal is to try and play well for this week. If I break the record, or if I tie it, or if I don't break it, I'm so happy that I can get so close to it.”