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Less is more for dominant Ko

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/07/2016

Reducing her workload has had the desired effect for Lydia Ko, who hopes taking last week off will have the desired effect at the Women's British Open.

World No.1 Ko has deliberately cut tournaments from her schedule this year, having noticed the effects of fatigue at times during 2015.

Adopting a principle of never playing more than three consecutive tournaments, the New Zealand 19-year-old has taken her game to another level, winning four tournaments and in contention at numerous others.

"I'm not just resting. Resting is good, but I've got some time to work on my game and that's worked well," she told reporters.

"Sometimes it's good going into a big event feeling fresh, feeling like you're ready to go. I feel like we've scheduled it so I don't feel tired at any event."

Ko took last week off after prevailing in a three-woman play-off to win at the LPGA Marathon Classic in Ohio.

She noted this week's tournament at the Woburn Golf and Country Club in Milton Keynes will be the 11th tournament in a row for some of her LPGA rivals. Even world No.2 Brooke Henderson of Canada will have played in 10 of them,

"I think that's pretty amazing, she's like Super Woman," Ko said.

"But that's why we've been smart on trying to control my limit. I think I play better when I know what my limits are."

It is Ko's fifth appearance at the Women's British Open, having recorded a best finish of third last year.

She finished four shots behind Korean world No.3 Inbee Park, who achieved a career grand slam with her win at Turnberry in Scotland but will not defend her title because of a thumb injury.

Ko says she has new-found confidence at majors after clinching a maiden win at last year's Evian Championship in France.

In this year's three US-based majors she won the ANA Inspiration before losing to Henderson in a play-off at the Women's PGA Championship and squandering a final-round lead to place third at the US Women's Open.

Ko has an early tee-off on Thursday, alongside England's Charley Hull and Sweden's Linda Wessberg.

The tournament is Ko's last before she contests the Rio Olympics.

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