Lydia Ko, who was let down by her driver play at the
Australian Open, her coach Guy Wilson says. Photo Getty
Lydia Ko's coach Guy Wilson has revealed why the golfing
prodigy stumbled in the final round of the Australian Open -
and the depth of her disappointment at finishing third.
Wilson said a technical flaw when using the driver undermined
the 15-year-old's round, and ultimately her tournament.
A co-leader with Jiyai Shin heading into the final round at
Royal Canberra, Ko stumbled over the early holes, enjoyed a
brief recovery to challenge again, but then slipped to third
behind winner Shin and second-placed Yani Tseng.
Already on her way to her next challenge - the Honda LPGA
Thailand, which starts on Thursday - Ko has travelled with
advice from Wilson about how she can improve.
"The thing that let her down on the final day was her driver,
which she had been so confident with during the week - making
14 or 15 fairways on most of the days - and then when it
mattered most it didn't work," Wilson said.
"It was purely a technical thing. I guess nerves might have
played a part in that because she couldn't figure it out
while playing. She did hit a number of three woods when she
would normally use driver; she resorted to playing safe on a
few occasions which is the thing to do when your key club
isn't going great.
"But on the holes when it mattered most when she was on her
fightback, the one that would go left would ruin it."
Ko went left off the first tee, hitting into trees. A duffed
second shot left her with a double bogey before she bogeyed
the second. With playing partner Shin comfortably making par
on both, Ko was quickly three back.
Although she rallied to draw level with Shin on the back
nine, for once in her already remarkable career, Ko's
consistency wasn't there. Shin went clear before Tseng also
overtook her. Ko finished on 14-under, two shots behind
Taiwan's Tseng, the world No1, and four shots behind South
Wilson said her final-round 76, which was three over par, was
one of Ko's worst scores in a tournament "since I can
Asked about her state of mind on Sunday night, Wilson said it
was one of extreme disappointment.
"She was pretty peed off, really. She could have won the
tournament quite easily and she knows that she's good enough
to win week to week.
"The one time that she needed it [a consistent round], it
fell to pieces. Even if she had shot even par she could have
won, I think. And then to not even come second, to come
third; regardless of who the players are she's still pretty
Shin's extremely slow play earned her an official warning as
well as several negative comments on social media from those
who believed it a ploy to put Ko off, but Wilson said that
wasn't a factor.