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Lydia Ko Sets Her Sights on Ending Seven-Year Major Drought at the Groundbreaking US Open

Lydia Ko will be part of history this week, as the US Women’s Open takes place at one of golf’s most historic venues for the first time.

 

 

The world No.3 will be looking to claim her first Major in seven years when she tees off at the famous Pebble Beach on Friday morning.

 

 

Despite a run of poor form which hasn’t seen her record a top ten finish since February, Ko is confident her best isn’t far away.

Not many can match Pebble Beach for its views, let alone the history.

 

 

And this week Lydia Ko is hoping to add her name to the great’s that have won In Monterey.

“It’s a very historic place,” Ko said. “A place that I’ve only seen the men play here.”

 

 

It’s hosted six men’s US Opens, including a famous 15-stroke win by Tiger Woods in 2000.

But if Ko wants to do the same she’ll need to find her game. In her last seven appearances she’s failed to finish in the top 30.

 

 

“It’s closer than maybe like a couple of months ago,” the 26-year-old added. “It’s kind of weird to think ‘oh, she’s just finished sixty-something’.”

“But it’s closer, what does that even mean? But I think we’re moving in the right direction.”

 

 

However, Ko will face stiff competition, in her hopes of winning at the iconic course.

“The views on every hole, I feel like you get to a hole and you’re like ‘this is my favourite view’,” said world No.2 Nelly Korda.

 

 

“Then you get to another hole, and you’re like ‘oh nah, this is actually my favourite view.'”

But Pebble Beach can bite. It’s notorious for heavy fog which has wrought havoc on many of the PGA Tour’s best in the past.

 

 

“I came here on Sunday, and I was trying to tee off on 18, and I couldn’t see anything.

“It was just grey, the tree was not visible.”

Then there’s the coastal winds on the famous par three seventh, where club selection can range between a sand wedge and five iron.

 

 

“If it’s blowing right to left, it might be a low seven iron. Who knows, the course can play completely different.”

Adaptability could be key if Ko’s to make it Major No.3.

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