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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Is Lydia Ko Back?

No doubt you'll hear the debate over the next few weeks as everybody tries to decide. But Lydia is certainly showing the signs of a Jordan Spieth-like resurgence.

And the similarity wasn't lost on Lydia in her post-win remarks at the LOTTE.

Lydia Ko holding LOTTE Championship trophy

She talked about her nerves at the Marathon last August when she finished T2. She talked about her self-doubt as she tried to put her game back together... and it took longer than she expected.

And like Jordan Spieth, much of the credit seems to come from getting away from so much technical thought and just playing golf again. (She credits Sean Foley for that.) Apparently she has realized that she gets 'confused' when she gets too technical.

Which does sound a lot like the process Jordan is going through.

But unlike Jordan, Lydia does seem to have a better swing now, highlighted by an increase in distance through the bag of 10-15 yards. The LPGA stats list her average distance off the tee this year at just under 260 yards. (BTW, that ranks her 63rd on tour. You men out there really should pay more attention to how the women play!)

The real evidence has come just since the ANA a couple of weeks back. You probably remember the -10 she shot in the final round and now, two weeks later, she posted rounds of 67-63-65-65 (-28). Bear in mind that four players -- Inbee Park, Sei Young Park, Nelly Korda and Leona Maguire -- finished at -21.

That was Lydia's score after three rounds.

So now, after posting her 16th career LPGA win, we're going to have to watch and see if Lydia continues this kind of play.

Because if she really is back, the power balance on the LPGA may have just shifted again.


  1. JTBC Golf in Korea was hoping that some of those who woke up to watch Lydia's domination would stay tuned for the KPGA'S season opener, the DB Accident Insurance Promy. Too early to tell regarding the ratings but Moon Do-up put together 3 rounds in the 60s to claim the title.
    The first domestic event of 2021 on the JGTO, the Token Homemade Cup, is in the books, with a one shot victory by Takumi Kanaya.
    Elsewhere in Japan, Miyuu Yamashita fired off a final round 66 to overcome a 2 stroke deficit and run away with the KKT Cup Ventelin Ladies Open title by 5 shots.


  3. I just found a better Romanization of this week's KPGA winner. It should be Do Yeob Moon.