Coe keeps Lydia plugged in and continues to play in Congress | LPGA

Pittsda, Maryland | I’ve always known golf is hard, or at least that’s what you’re saying now. But there was a time when the game seemed as natural as the flow of water to Lydia Koe, who set just about every “smallest ever” record in the game as a teenager. Coe won 14 times on the LPGA Tour, including two major tournaments, before turning 20. And in the process, I’ve become Arnold Palmer—casually charming, whip-smart, fast, funny, and full of charisma that’s comparable to golf. Game. Plus she was a kid, the kind of miracle that let us know we had decades of great stuff to come.

Now, at 25 and still more thoughtful and cheerful than ever, Ko has a total of 17 wins and is still stuck at two majors. She has played well, especially in the last two years, but the victory has become choppy with age, still friendly, but with very frequent visits.

Whether she will be rejected or embraced this week at the Congressional Country Club remains anyone’s guess. The KO 5-under 67 launched Friday, the morning tour, and sits in prime position to compete for this women’s PGA Championship. But she can’t think of it that far. With 36 holes left, all she can do is walk the path that got her here.

“I think the last few events have finished well,” said the former Rolex’s #1 rating. “While in (the beginning of) the year I started (events) well and I did not finish either in terms of the third and fourth rounds.

“I think the last two weeks have been some silly mistakes, some shots where I lost focus a little bit cost me a few shots (which prevented me from winning). Other than that, I feel the game is in solid shape.”

But she wanted everyone to know that a strong match is not a straight line to victory.

“I think it’s very difficult to win,” Coe said. “The level of play on our tour is amazing. You can see that by the scores, week by week. It’s hard to win, but I try to put myself in such a situation. When you keep knocking on the door, you hope that one day it will open.”

Rap songs were answered at the Victory Gate so often in the early days of her career that it was easy to take winning for granted. But on Friday she said, “I think it’s always been hard. Everyone (at the time) said, ‘Man, you make it look easy.’ And I said, ‘Well, it’s not easy.’ But I think when you get some good momentum, You’ll feel more normal. You don’t work as much. You don’t grind as much on the golf course.

“It’s kind of like the ninth front (on Friday),” she said. “Just hit shot after shot, and you’re going to give yourself chances. If it falls, great. If it doesn’t, it won’t. So, I think it’s one of the ways you can feel that some days are easier than others. But I think the level of play and even the results The winner each year at some of these events, he is constantly improving.It just shows what is the norm in women’s golf.

“I have to stay focused on what I need to work on. Sometimes when you watch other people playing and these people are playing really well, you go, OK, maybe I should do this, maybe I should do that, try what someone else is doing. But I think the thing The important thing for me is that I play perfectly most of the time.

“I just try to score the best possible result when (I play), and when I train, I just make sure I’m doing the right things and working with my team and really aware of what needs to be done.

“I think sometimes it feels like, oh, you’re not doing very well, but maybe it’s because you (hit more greens and) give yourself more chances for the birds. It’s just kind of finding that balance.

“I think taking that step back and really assessing where your game is, is important to me. I think it suits most people.”

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