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Golf Australia Express : February 2014
through her title defence. The 16-year-old Kiwi was rushed to hospital with severe stomach pains after her Saturday round, but still managed to finish in second place. “I’m feeling much better, but at the halfway point I got some really bad stomach aches, so that didn’t go too well,” Ko said in her typically understated way. “Our family’s either got the flu bug or stomach bug, so it’s not really good right now.” Lewis will be champing at the bit to claim the title she so narrowly missed out on in 2012. Adding a bit of sauce to the Open is its inclusion as the second event in the new Race to the CME Globe—the LPGA’s answer to the FedEx Cup. A cheque for $1 million awaits the best-performed player at the end of the season-long points competition, which Korda leads after opening her 2014 account at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. With Pettersen a likely favourite with the bookies, Korda tees it up at Victoria as one of the romantic favourites, having shown her love of the sandbelt with a Women's Australian Open win at Royal Melbourne two years ago. "I've basically been coming over to Australia since I was a baby so it's definitely a place I love visiting," she said on Tuesday. "I do feel [it's] a little bit like home, I kind of know my way around and just the people are so welcoming so it's hard not to feel like I'm at home." Recently engaged American Paula Creamer makes her first trek ever Down Under. Beware the blissful golfer. "They always say a happy person always plays good golf," the world No.12 said. "I have been [happy] ever since I picked up a club but this is just something completely different." Did we mention Woods is also in town? Cheyenne Woods, that is. Tiger's niece attempts to go back-to-back in Australia having taken out the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters last week on a much friendlier Royal Pines layout. "The course is beautiful, it's in great shape. It's really interesting," Woods said of Victoria GC. "You definitely have to place the ball on this course. It's not as straight forward and open as Royal Pines. "So I'd say ball striking and some of these greens are pretty tricky with the slopes and all of that. "That's something I'll focus on." Women's golf is in a happy place right now. And it's great that the Australian tour is a real part of it all this week. OTG Tiger's niece attempts to go back-to-back in Australia on a course far less friendly than Royal Pines.