Ko hoping for more of the same

Lydia Ko is hoping to build on the form she showed in her impressive 2015 season, when she picked up five LPGA titles.

The Kiwi sensation broke all sorts of records last year and has been dominating the LPGA golf betting odds ever since. Apart from the five wins – which took her to 15 professional wins at just 18 years of age – Ko made 23 cuts in 24 events with 17 top ten finishes.  

"I'm hoping it just all goes upwards," quipped Ko, who will turn 19-years-old in April. 

"It's been really exciting. I've just got to have fun out there."

However, the South Korean-born golfer admits that the competition amongst the ladies on the LPGA Tour is getting tougher.

Speaking ahead of her title defence at the Australian Open this week, Ko acknowledges she has to be on top of her game if she wants to be in contention come Sunday.

"The Australian Open is a really big tournament, like the US Open and the Korean Open because they are national championships," added the world number one. 

"The scores are getting lower every time and the girls are playing great golf. I know to compete with the leaders I need to play solid golf myself. It's a pretty tough course, the greens are firm, the bunkers are in the most perfect places. It's going to be challenging.

"I like firm greens, firm fairways, strong winds, so there's no problem this week."

The 2016 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open tees off the Grange Golf Club in South Australia on Thursday, and Paddy Power have you covered for all your golf betting needs.