Ko’s winning streak continues

Lydia Ko made it two wins in the space of two weeks after easing to a four-stroke victory at the New Zealand Women’s Open on Sunday.

The 17-year-old Kiwi took over at the top of the world rankings three weeks ago, and has since gone on to win the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open and now the New Zealand Open on home soil in successive weeks.

Ko needed only a gentle one-under-par 71 in Sunday’s final round to make sure of the victory.

Her job was made a lot easier when her closest rival, England’s Charley Hull, played the last eight holes in five over, eventually dropping to tied sixth.

Earlier, Hull had closed to within two shots as the back nine beckoned, but she wasn’t able to keep applying the pressure.

“This is even better than I would ever have imagined,” said Ko, who carded a course record 61 in the second round.

“It’s just great to have won the two Opens back to back.”