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Kingsmill Championship: Lydia Ko high on confidence following
Lydia Ko will head into the Kingsmill Championship high on confidence following her success last time out, but admits she’s keeping her mind focused and refusing to get overconfident.
The New Zealand teenager won her third LPGA event in April and her first as a professional when she overcame the intimidating presence of Stacy Lewis to claim the Swinging Skirts Classic title in California.
The 16-year-old is feeling confident about her game as she heads into this weekend’s event at Kingsmill Resort in Virginia, USA.
"I feel really confident," Ko said. "The last time I played I won, so, yeah, I feel very confident about my game. I'm not trying to overdo it and not be overly confident. Being confident is great, but I don't want to be overconfident."
Ko zipped up another two places in the world rankings after her victory, but has dropped back to number three following Lewis’ win at the North Texas LPGA Shootout last weekend.
Playing well is priority for Ko right now, although the rookie does admit to harbouring a long-term ambition to see her name on the top spot.
"Hopefully one day I'll be able to become world number one. I'm going to work really hard towards that," she said. "I don't like to think about the rankings and things.
"I try and just think about that tournament and just try and get a good performance there. I think that's more important. When I try and think about the result before something happens, it doesn't go as well as I would like."