Lydia Ko’s 2023 major campaign hasn’t gone as planned. Despite starting the season strong with a sixth-place finish, she’s faced challenges that mark a departure from her previous successes.
The once-dominant Kiwi golfer, who shone on the LPGA Tour and earned numerous titles in 2022, encountered a rough patch this year. Struggling at the Women’s Open and Chevron Championship, she recently experienced her first-ever major career setback, nearing Hall of Fame status.
Let’s delve into the numbers reflecting Ko’s season so far:
Ko’s uphill battle starts with a two-over 74 at the Women’s British Open.
Her performance at the Women’s PGA Championship saw her narrowly making the cut.
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This year was unusual for Ko, as she failed to secure a single top-10 finish in any of the five majors. A stark contrast from her consistent major achievements over the past decade.
The Women’s Open and Chevron Championship saw her miss the cut.
The Evian Championship and Women’s PGA Championship weren’t any better, resulting in low rankings.
Her best performance came at the US Open, securing a share of 33rd place.
Lydia Ko’s rankings plummeted to 6th, a far cry from her previous world No. 1 spot. Her struggles led to three missed cuts, a higher rate compared to previous years.
Her putting remains strong, ranking fourth with an average of 28.81 putts per round.
However, her drop in hitting greens in regulation has impacted her performance.
As a result of her challenges, Ko’s world ranking slid to 6th. The top position now belongs to American Lilia Vu.
Despite past successes, her scoring average increased to 71.79 this season, placing her 66th overall.
She also dropped in the season-long points competition and earnings, showing a significant difference from her triumphant 2022 season.
That’s a concise breakdown of Ko’s tough 2023 season, reflecting her journey through the ups and downs of the golfing world.