Lydia Ko taking confidence and belief with her into first major of LPGA season

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko feels she's closer than ever to claiming her first LPGA major in three years.

Lydia Ko celebrates the title with her mum. Source: Photosport

Ko enters tomorrow's ANA Inspiration with five top 20 finishes from six starts in 2019 so far and feels she could go even better this weekend.

"Apart from the Australian Open [missed cut] it's been pretty solid, results wise," Ko said.

"The more times I have put myself in contention with solid rounds, I know that has built my confidence and it's really important for me. I just go out with belief, which is a key to play well, and I can trust myself."

Ko's last major win was at the ANA Inspiration in 2016 and she says she still embraces that win now.

"It's definitely nice to be back, and obviously I have a lot of good memories jumping into Poppie's Pond in 2016," she said.

"This is a special place and it's like the Masters of the women's game and we have tradition that maybe even the Masters doesn't have."

Ko tees off at Rancho Mirage in California tomorrow morning at 4.20am NZT.