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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 190
I N SOME ways, the LPGA Tour is beginning to mimic the PGA Tour of the late 1990s and 2000s. No, certainly not in terms of prizemoney or TV viewership, although the women’s game is reportedly continuing to grow its TV fan base every year. It’s starting to resemble the Tiger Woods era, when PGA Tour events could essentially be divided into two categories: those where Woods played well and subsequently stomped all over the entire field, and those where someone else won only because something was up with Woods. Or he wasn’t there. Tournament news stories would almost invariably feature Woods’ current position in the opening paragraphs, regardless of whether he was leading or sitting tied for 50th. It’s been a similar tale in recent weeks on the women’s main tour. Australian teenager Minjee Lee led after two rounds last week. But the world wanted to know where Lydia Ko was. For the record, she sat in a tie for 32nd, yet she was still front and centre in many news outlets’ coverage. It’s not hard to see why. Dating back to the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August last year, Ko’s results line reads: win, win, T2, T4, win, T8, T7, T3, 2, T15, 2, win, win, T23. On the Rolex Rankings, its Ko at No.1, daylight second, third and fourth and Inbee Park – whose last win was in November – the next best player somewhere over the horizon. So it’s no small achievement that on the day Ko recorded her worst result in nine months, it was a 19-year-old Aussie who stood atop the LPGA Tour dais as the winner of the Lotte Championship. And it was the manner in which Lee triumphed that should have golf fans salivating over the potential for a heated trans-Tasman rivalry that could last a decade or more. Lee led by two strokes after Friday’s round, only to watch that advantage disintegrate after a two-over third round of 74, leaving her five shots off the pace. Other kids might have wilted under that disappointment, but Lee showed remarkable ticker – and all of her shotmaking prowess – to punch out a bogey-free 64 on Sunday, monstering the final eight holes in six-under and chipping in for eagle at the par five 13th to secure her second LPGA Tour title. Anyone who needs only 22 putts when a tournament is on the line deserves the trophy. And here’s why Lee’s continued good form and improvement is vital. Ko’s nearest rivals in Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis are all wonderful players, but it’s abundantly clear that Ko is simply a class (or three) above, in the same way that Woods was, in his prime.
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