Ko biding her time

A major championship remains elusive for Lydia Ko, though she knows that time is certainly her side.

The 18-year-old became the youngest world number one in professional golf in February this year, when she was just 17, but Ko is yet to impress at the pinnacle of women’s golf.

The New Zealander is coming off a tied for third finish at the Women’s British Open which concluded on Sunday, where she finished four strokes behind winner and current world number one, Inbee Park.

At the start of the final round at Turnberry, Ko was three shots off the pace. However a double bogey on the 12th effectively ended her chances. Nevertheless, she was proud of her third place in just her second start at the event as a professional.

“I’m super proud of my finish this week,” quipped the seven-time LPGA winner on stuff.co.nz.

“I don’t know when or if I’m going to have a major win. I hope so, some time in my career. Just doesn’t need to be now. But because of the records, there’s a lot of say about it, but I’ve just got to try my best and that’s all I can do.

“This is the best finish I’ve had at the British Open, so I’m going to take the positive out of it.”

Ko now shifts her focus to the final major of the year, the Evian Championship, which tees off on September 10 at Evian-les-Bains in France.

The South Korean-born player has played at the prestigious tournament just twice, but already has a runner-up finish and tied for eighth place under her belt, with the former being as an amateur.

“Yeah, I’ll be looking forward to Evian,” added Ko, who is now on a two week break.

“I’m going to enjoy my rest and hopefully prepare well and play well the next couple of events.”