Ko ready for major challenge

The 17-year-old has won 10 professional titles and earlier this year became the youngest player of any gender to reach the summit of the world rankings, beating the previous mark set by Tiger Woods.

Despite her tender age, Ko's failure to win a major is seen by many as a blemish in her career, perhaps unfairly so. The New Zealander's best finish in a major is tied second at the Evian Championship in 2013, when she was still an amateur.

Heading into this week's ANA Inspiration event, the first major of the season, Ko is the favourite, and she's ready to embrace the pressure and claim victory.

“I mean I’ve been watching Golf Channel, and they’ve been saying the spotlight is kind of on me, you know, who’s going to win, but you know, it’s going to be definitely a tough week,” Ko said following Sunday's Kia Classic.

“I know that all the girls are trying to bring their A games together, and that’s what I gotta do. So I’m just going to try and have fun. Hopefully I’ll hit some really good shots, make some good putts and give myself a good run for it.”

Ko will be looking to extend her run of sub-par rounds, with her total of 28 in succession one shy of the record set by Anika Sorenstom.