World number 15, Lydia Ko will make her second career start at the ShopRite LPGA Classic this week after a three-year hiatus from the event.

Her only other start here (finished 48th in 2014) came on the heels of her third career LPGA victory and first as an LPGA member at the 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic - she would go on to win two more times that season and become the youngest-ever winner of the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award at 17 years old.

Since the last time Lydia played in Atlantic City, she spent at total of 104 weeks at world number one, won 12 more LPGA tournaments (including the 2018 LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship) and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, celebrated her 21st birthday and took part in her sister’s wedding in South Korea.

Ko has played a few rounds this week at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club which helped refresh her memory of the Donald Ross designed Bay Course. She’ll go off the 10th tee in tomorrow’s first round at 8:10 a.m. alongside Shanshan Feng and Austin Ernst.

“I remember pretty much the majority of the golf course, especially after the tee shot,” said Ko. “I could remember all the greens and all that.”

Ko is playing the second event in a string of six consecutive starts, which she notes is the longest stretch of events she will go through in her LPGA career. It began with last week’s U.S. Women’s Open and will include an event she has won in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G as well as the year’s third major at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship before culminating with the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

“You kind of have to work around them and see the travel and logistics. Some players have outings and all that. Yeah, you just have to see what fits best in your schedule. Every player’s schedule looks a little differently to another one.”

This season, Ko has six top-20 finishes including her win in San Francisco. With a victory this week, Ko could join Ariya Jutanugarn as the second player to score multiple victories on the 2018 season.




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