Thompson leading praise for Ko

Lexi Thompson has joined the growing chorus of praise for new women’s world number one Lydia Ko.

Thompson, the defending champion at this week’s ANA Inspiration at Rancho Mirage in California, has conceded that Ko will the player to beat.

Ko became the world’s top ranked player in early February at just 17 years of age – a new record in men’s and women’s golf – and has already won twice since to solidify her position.

This week, she will have the opportunity to set another record as she starts one behind Annika Sorenstam’s 2004 benchmark of 29 consecutive rounds under par.

“I got to play with her last week, and it’s just incredible,” said Thompson. “Her game is very consistent. There is not a weakness in her game. She’s very straight off the tee, and has a great short game. You can’t ask for anything better than that.

“She has a great attitude on the golf course, and probably the best tempo I’ve ever seen on a golf swing or a putting stroke.”

US Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie agreed, adding: “A lot of people ask me what the strong point is about Lydia’s game. I think the strong point is that she really doesn’t have a weakness.”