Lydia Ko opens up on the sacrifices her 'inspiring' mum has made

Lydia Ko has opened up on what an inspiration her mum is as she aims to emulate Sir Bob Charles by winning the British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes this week.

Despite criticism that her parents have too much of an influence on her career, Ko told CNN she remembers the sacrifices her mum made for her.

"But she's pretty much devoted her life to me and I came along a little later compared to my sister because she's eight years older than me, but even as an amateur she drove me to the New Zealand Amateurs, would fly over here (to the USA), would rent a car,” she said.

“Even at those times, at the age of 11 or 12, we didn't really have a GPS, so she printed out sheets with road maps and directions to go to these places that could be four to five hours away," Ko told CNN.

"So she's been a huge inspiration and role model to me. I'd say I don't think I could ever do that for my daughter."

She will tee off on Thursday night (NZ time) at Royal Lytham and St Annes, the same course where Charles became the first New Zealander to win a major.

"I know that Sir Bob Charles has won here, so there is a lot of cool history here for New Zealand," she said.

Despite missing the cut at the Scottish Open last week, Ko said she enjoys links golf.

"I would love to be part of a few players that have done a grand slam at the end of my career, I really enjoy links golf, its golf you normally don't get to play and it's challenging, so hopefully I will have a good week," Ko said.

April 3, 2016: Lydia Ko of New Zealand, World #1 and 2016 ANA Inspiration Champion celebrates with her Caddie Jason Hamilton, her Mom and Sister upon completion of the final round of the ANA Inspiration LPGA Golf Tournament at the Mission Hills Country Club, in Rancho Mirage, Ca.
(Photo by Bruce Sherwood/Icon Sportswire)
Lydia Ko celebrates winning a title in 2016 with her mum. Source: Photosport


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Lydia Ko plays round of the day at Evian Championship, sneaks into top 10

A remarkable final round has seen Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko sneak into the top 10 at the Evian Championship at Evians-les-Bains, in France.

Beginning her day at -4 for the tournament, Ko began with a bang, with a birdie on the first hole followed by another on the fifth.

A bogey on the seventh was quickly corrected with another birdie on the ninth, giving Ko -2 for her front nine, sitting at -6 for the tournament.

A blemish free back nine, including birdies on the 13th and 17th holes saw Ko leap 11 places, sitting in a tie for 10th to finish her tournament.

The Kiwi finished four shots behind the leader, Angela Stafford of the USA, who came in at -12 to take the title for 2018.

BEDMINSTER, NJ - JULY 13:  Lydia Ko of New Zealand watches her tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the US Women's Open Championship at Trump National Golf Course on July 13, 2017 in Bedminster, New Jersey.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Lydia Ko of New Zealand watches her tee shot. Source: Getty


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Lydia Ko drops out of top 30 after second round at Evian Championship

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko's second round at this year's Evian Championship hasn't gone to plan, leaving her outside of the top 30 and sitting well back of the leading group in France.

After a first round score of +1 in Evian-les-Bains, Ko needed a bright start to have any chance of clawing her way back into contention.

Starting her second round on the back nine, Ko was playing catch up almost immediately, with a double bogey on the second hole pushing her score out to +3.

A birdie on the 16th though saw her finish her first nine holes at +1 for the round.

On the back nine, Ko began to save faced, with back to back birdies on the sixth and seventh holes seeing her back to even par for the tournament, and -1 for the day.

The Kiwi trails the leading group, containing Amy Olson and Mo Martin of the USA, South Korea's Mi Hyang Lee and Puerto Rico's Maria Torres by eight shots.

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, hits on the ninth hole during the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Ill., Friday, June 29, 2018. (AP Photo/David Banks)
Lydia Ko. Source: Associated Press


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Watch: US golfer busts out traditional Polynesian dance after being selected for Ryder Cup

Tony Finau decided to celebrate his selection as the final member of the US Ryder Cup team the best way he knew - with a traditional Polynesian dance.

Finau took to the stage at an event for the foundation named after him the day after he found out he was picked.

"A day you make the @RyderCupUSA team is a day you feel like dancing!" he said on social media.

Finau, who is of Samoan and Tongan decent, has enjoyed a successful year despite not winning a single tournament, ranking third in the FedEx Cup standings.

The 28-year-old has earned more than US$5 million this season with just next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta left on the calender.


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Tiger Woods slumps down leaderboard at BMW Championship

A woeful performance on the greens has prompted Tiger Woods to spend considerable time practising his putting after the second round at the BMW Championship in Philadelphia.

A day after opening with a course-record equalling 62 at Aronimink Golf Club and sharing the lead, Woods stalled during an even-par 70 that left him at eight- under-par and five shots off the pace.

Woods is still in the mix despite Xander Schauffele (64) surging into the outright lead at 13 under at the elite 70-man event - the penultimate leg of the $US67 million ($A93 million) FedEx Cup playoffs.

Justin Rose sits two shots back in second following his 63, while Rickie Fowler (65) and Hideki Matsuyama (64) headline a four-way tie for third at 10 under.

Five-time BMW winner Woods was solid from tee to green, hitting 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation.

But the longest putt he made on day two at Aronimink was six feet.

"I hit it just as good (as the opening-round 62) and putted just as good, but nothing went in and that's the way it goes," a frustrated Woods said.

"That round today (could have) easily been six or seven under; it turned into even par which is not what I needed to do (when) everyone is going low and birdies should be had."

Woods implored himself to hole more putts with forecasted Friday night storms expected to further soften conditions at Aronimink.

"I've got to make birdies and try and keep pace; this golf course is playing soft and tomorrow will be the same thing," Woods said.

Tiger Woods studies a chip shot on the fourth green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Tiger Woods Source: Associated Press


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