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Golf - 16. June 2015.

Lydia Ko; From Amateur Medal Winner to World No. 1

World’s most talented teen talks of her hopes of seeing Andy Murray

at the Ricoh Women’s British Open

 

Lydia Ko will tee it up at Trump Turnberry Resort, Scotland, July 30 to August 2, looking to regain the World Number 1 ranking position she held for 19 weeks. Currently ranked second in the world, at only 18 years old, Ko’s rise to the top follows a remarkable two years of record-breaking achievements since winning the amateur medal at St Andrews in 2013 including becoming the youngest World No.1 in history in February.

A New Zealander by way of Korea, this popular young star is looking to claim her first Major title this summer, adding to her already phenomenal haul of 11 international titles.

The talented teenager explained, “I love the Ricoh Women’s British Open – it is so different from any of the events we compete in on the LPGA Tour, in terms of the style of courses we play and the testing set up, and I am really looking forward to the week. I am so excited to play on the same famous links course that has hosted the men’s Open Championship over the years because it feels like you are part of history, playing against all those amazing golfers who have triumphed on that historic course over the years.”

Ko continued, “I really enjoyed my visit to Scotland in 2013 when we played at St Andrews and I am really excited to play at Turnberry for the first time. It looks so beautiful in all the pictures I have seen and I can’t wait to go to the top of the lighthouse.”

She added, “One of my favourite memories of St Andrews – along with winning the amateur medal – was meeting Andy Murray’s mum, Judy. I gave her a few golf tips on the range, as she was just starting to play golf. Now, I am looking forward to seeing how much her golf has improved since then and perhaps she will give me some much needed tennis tips! It would be so nice if Andy came along with her to the Championship as I know he is a massive fan of women’s sport and enjoys playing golf, too. It would be so fantastic to play with them both in the Pro Am!”

Last year’s champion, Mo Martin will defend her title on the famous Ailsa Course alongside past Ricoh Women’s British Open champions, Stacy Lewis, (2013) Yani Tseng (2010, 2011) and Catriona Matthew (2009) as they compete for a prize fund of £1,990,266 (US $3 million).

Home favourite and 2009 champion Catriona Matthew is looking forward to playing in front of her home crowd explained: “I am delighted that the Championship is returning to Turnberry. It is a fantastic venue and I love the course. I was frustrated I didn’t do better last time we were there – I think I finished about 35th – so will be looking to do a lot better this summer. I’ve been playing pretty consistently all year, but would love to get a win or two under my belt and I can’t really imagine a better place to do that than in Scotland!”

Australian veteran Karrie Webb won the Women’s British Open in 2002 at Turnberry.

The Ricoh Women’s British Open was founded by the LGU in 1976 and is staged in conjunction with IMG, the world’s largest sports marketing company, since 1984. The event has been co-sanctioned by the LPGA and LET since 1994 and gained Major status in 2001.

Ricoh, a global technology company specialising in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services, has been the title sponsor of the Ricoh Women’s British Open since 2007.

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