Ko targets Olympics

New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko’s next plans are to regain the world number one ranking plus taking part at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The 18-year-old, who recently won her first major, the Evian Championship in France, says her immediate plan is to get the world No. 1 ranking back from Inbee Park and then to take part in the Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

In a chat to media after winning in France, Kos aid that her goal is definitely playing at the Olympics. 

"One of my big goals is definitely the Olympics next year," she said.

"You know, it's only around the corner. It's less than a year from now. I think the first time it was announced, I was, like, 'Man, I really want to be playing in the Olympics'.

"I've been super excited to play for my country on the international stage. It's an amazing experience and I've met some Olympians and they say nothing is like it. It's been my big goal.”

David Leadbetter, who is the New Zealanders coach, feels that after winning her first major in France, Ko is destined to win more majors.

"It's opening things up now," he said. "Confidence is now there and she's really ready to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

"She was in contention at the British Open last month when she finished third.

"You try to carve your name in history and winning majors is what it's all about. It's a goal she has. That's the sort of career Lydia could potentially have.

"She's now there to carve out records and put her name in history. The next step is to win more majors.

"She's pretty driven. Her mentality drives her to be the best and being the best means you've really got to commit yourself and put yourself out there for a pretty long period of time," he added.