Hannah Green the best of the Aussies – file photo Bruce Young
One week a seven-shot winner of an LPGA Tour event, the next a missed cut by two shots is the story of Lydia Ko’s last two weeks.
Today, Ko was able to follow up her surprising opening round of 78 at the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles with a second round of 68 but she completed her opening 36 holes some 17 shots behind the tournament leader, Jessica Korda and will have the final 36 holes off.
Interestingly, Ko had heralded earlier in the week just how she would feel about such a situation.
“Like just because I shoot a 68 or 78, that shouldn’t dictate my mood and the way I am around the golf course,” she said on Tuesday
“I think there are some players, Inbee is probably one of them, where you don’t know what she’s shooting — and most of the time she’s shooting very low. But I think that’s the mindset you need to be in.
“Golf is golf, and I’m going to try my 100%, and after that, that’s it. So just have a good time, another beautiful time, and obviously we didn’t get to play this event last year, so good to be back.
“To say that my life was turned upside down after the win, I don’t think that is the truth. Obviously it was great just to be in contention and then end up winning. I think that settled some of the doubts I had in myself.”
Ko flys out on Saturday night to the first of two events in Asia, the opening one being the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore beginning next Thursday where hopefully the form she displayed in Hawaii last week can continue.
Korda leads the event by three over world number one Jin Young Ko with another shot back to the seemingly ever present, Sei Young Kim.
Hannah Green heads the Australians in a share of 6th place.
Green added a four-birdie second round of 67 to move within six of the lead and suggested after her round that her game is heading in the right direction.
“I’m definitely happy with my performance the last few weeks I’ve been a bit inconsistent, had a lot of bogeys on my card, and a lot of red colours on the scorecard, as well. It’s been nice to finish today bogey-free and hit a lot more greens today, which was nice.
“I feel like my game has been trending. I guess some people know that I’ve added a bit of length to my game, so it’s nice to come back to golf courses and it feels a little bit easier.
“I mean, I’ve been close to getting a couple top 10s the last few weeks, so I feel like I’ve had some good results here, I’ve had some good memories, so I’m hoping that I am in a good position by this afternoon.
“We’ll see what happens this afternoon with the scoring and the conditions, but it’s a little chillier than we’re probably used to here in LA, so it’s hard. The course is getting quite tough. The greens are really bouncy. I’m not really sure — Jess is obviously playing great, so it’s going to be hard to catch her, but we’ll see what happens.”
Gabi Ruffels is tied for 25th, Sarah Jane Smith 33rd, Sarah Kemp 42nd, Su Oh 53rd with Minjee Lee and Katherine Kirk 63rd and just making the cut.