Lydia Ko won her fifth tournament and first as a professional, but she had a long way to go to do it. The Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters was held in New Taipei City in Taiwan at the Miramar Golf and Country Club. Ko won by three over So Yeon Ryu, the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open champion. They were paired with Inbee Park who finished another stroke back in 3rd.
It’s not enough that she won, she won over these two great champions. Yani Tseng, recovering from a hernia operation, finished T6 along with Paula Creamer and Sandra Gal. Catriona Matthew was in the field along with Na Yean Choi, Anna Nordqvist, Beatrice Recari, Jiyai Shin, Caroline Hedwall, Belen Mozo and Jessica Korda to highlight notables who made the cut. This was a very good field.
The 54-hole event was co-sanctioned by the Taiwan Ladies Professional Golf Association and the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Tour. So hunt and peck as I might, I was unable to find any player transcripts that would shed light on the mastery issues which are the principal interest of this blog.
But because Lydia and her first win as a pro are big deals, both had to be acknowledged. Even though she’s won four prior tournaments, it’s hard to believe that all of this is coming from a 16-year-old going head-to-head with the biggest names in the game.
For an excellent overview of what happened, read Randall Mell at the Golf Channel in “Ko, 16, wins second start as pro at Swinging Skirts,” or from the Sydney Morning Herald, “Lydia Ko claims first professional win.”