Sorenstam heaps praise on Ko

Women’s golfing legend Annika Sorenstam heaped praise on Lydia Ko for showing patience beyond her years.

The New Zealander was one shot off the lead at the ANA Inspiration but patience and consistency saw the 18-year-old move into prime position for the win when leader Ariya Jutanugarn bogeyed the final three holes.

However, what Sorenstam was most impressed with was Ko’s decision to lay up on the par five last instead of going for the green, which ultimately lead to her winning her maiden major championship.

“The key to be being successful, you have to know your strengths,” Sorenstam told lpga.com.

“She had a plan going into the week and she kept grinding. To lay up on the 18th hole was a smart move as she played to her strengths. You have to know when to play aggressively and when to play conservative. I think she made a conservative choice but made an aggressive shot.

“She was patient and she never gave up. Of course she made some great putts at the most crucial times. She let her opponents make the mistakes and she capitalized with a great shot into the last.”

This patience will no doubt come handy when Ko tees off at Lake Merced Golf Club for this week’s Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, an event that she has won the previous two years.

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