Lydia Ko might be feeling the pressure going into this week’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at the London Hunt and Country Club in Ontario, Canada. Not only is she looking to win the event for the third year in a row, she’s poised to capture the No. 1 spot.
Ko, the 17-year-old from New Zealand, was ranked second in the world going into last week’s LPGA Championship but fell to No. 3 following her third-place finish behind Inbee Park and Brittany Lincicome. Park is now ranked second and Stacey Lewis has the top stop. However, that might be short-lived as the Golf Channel's Randall Mell sketched out scenarios by which Ko or Park could overtake the top spot this week:
Ko must win to have a chance to move to No. 1. She will ascend to the top spot if she wins and Lewis, 29, finishes in a three-way tie for second or worse.
Park will ascend to No. 1 if she wins and Lewis finishes in a four-way tie for second or worse. Park also goes to No. 1 if she finishes second and Lewis finishes 47th or worse and Ko does not win.
This is a good place for Ko to come out on top. According to the LPGA, she became the youngest winner in LPGA history at this event in 2012 and the only amateur to successfully defend that title last year.
In a pre-tournament interview, the now professional Ko told the media she was excited about the chance to three-peat, but wasn’t putting all of her focus on that.
“You just never know because the world’s best are all here playing in this field,” she said.
Those best include 2014 major winners Mo Martin and Lexi Thompson, and multiple-event winners Karrie Webb, Jessica Korda and Anna Nordqvist. Lewis will be hungry, as will Lincicome, looking for redemption.
The Canadian Pacific Women’s Open runs from Aug. 21 to 24.