By Randall Mell
Ko 2 off pace, chasing first major at Women's British
TURNBERRY, Scotland – Lydia Ko couldn’t keep her sandwich dry in the middle of her round Friday with the wind and rain lashing Trump Turnberry.
She couldn’t keep her hands warm, either.
Soggy bread and cold fingers aside, Ko managed herself well in the second round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, staying in the hunt with a 1-over-par 73. At 5 under overall, she will start the weekend two shots behind the leader, Suzann Pettersen (69).
“It was really difficult,” Ko said. “The wind being strong is one thing, and it was totally in a different direction to what it was yesterday.”
Ko is seeking her first major championship title. If it comes this week, she’ll be the youngest major champion in the history of women’s golf. Morgan Pressel was 18 years, 10 months and 9 days old when she won the Kraft Nabisco in 2007. Ko will be 18 years, 3 months and 9 days old on Sunday.
With wind gusting to 25 mph, with rain coming sideways off the Firth of Clyde, Ko was a bit preoccupied Fridaynavigating Trump Turnberry’s twists and turns. She said she wore four layers of clothes, and she hid from the wind behind signage at tee boxes whenever she could.
“When you get this kind of weather, you’re grinding out there,” Ko said.
After making three consecutive bogeys on the back nine, Ko rebounded with back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th holes. She dropped a 60-foot putt for her birdie at 15.
“It was a survival day, more than anything else,” said David Leadbetter, her swing coach. “She did a really good job. She didn’t do herself any harm at all.”
Ko is still learning to play links golf, to navigate through the elements.
“I tried to hit a lot of knockdown shots,” Ko said. “Some were good, some weren’t.”