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Ko hunts third straight major

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/06/2016

Ko's recent form on returning from a three-week break hasn't been impressive by her own high standards. © Getty Images Ko's recent form on returning from a three-week break hasn't been impressive by her own high standards. Finding the fairways is going to be key for world No.1 golfer Lydia Ko as she hunts her third straight LPGA major at the women's PGA Championship in Sammamish, Washington.

The 19-year-old Kiwi won the final major of 2015 at Evian, then claimed the first of 2016 in taking the ANA Inspiration in April.

Only four women, most recently three-time LPGA Championship winner and world No.2 Inbee Park (South Korea), have won three successive majors.

But Ko's recent form on returning from a three-week break hasn't been impressive by her own high standards, although she's still managed two top-20 finishes.

And she's still on a buzz after pairing with some big names in Wednesday's pro-am, including former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and former Major League baseballer Ken Griffey Jr.

Ko admits she hasn't found the consistency she needs, and is up against some in-form competition, particularly in Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn, who has won her last three tournaments on end.

She describes the Sahalee Country Club course as challenging, and says it will stretch players' inventiveness.

"The course is really tough - tight, with some pretty tall trees out there," Ko said.

"The key for everyone is probably to hit the fairway. It's going to be hard if you're hitting out of the rough or in the trees.

"And even if you hit the fairway, you've got to position yourself on the right side of the fairway. You need to be creative here."

Despite her own low-key form, Ko had few concerns about her game, and says she's concentrating on keeping the enjoyment factor high.

"Obviously, I'd love to make birdie on every single hole, and play good week in and week out," she said.

"But you have to give yourself a little bit of room to say 'hey, just go out and enjoy it'. And when I do enjoy it, that's when I play the best."

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