Ko's #1 ranking on the line

The sweeping changes came with risk, of course.

The tournament is the first of five majors.

Lydia Ko could lose her number one ranking if her form from last week is anything to go by.

For Ko, this is all static noise she is so skilled at tuning out.

Lydia Ko remembers holding her arms above her head in a heart shape when she leaped into Poppie's Pond past year.

"There is a pressure because you're the number ranked player - you should play awesome week-in and week-out, try and win every week", Ko said of the stresses of maintaining the position she has held for 75 weeks. "When I get the odd social media pop-up of, 'Hey, it's closing down to this much, ' That's when I know".

"They have been super supportive and I know that I couldn't be here without them. She's going to continue to keep playing well and go for those trophies". "And I think that's so true". She has played well enough since to believe that she could well win this event for the second occasion.

"It's like a chip out of the bone and I inflamed it", added the 21-year-old. The ANA Inspiration champion takes part in an annual tradition that involves doing something most golfers don't want their ball to do: get wet.

"They want to be No. 1, and they're improving and getting better all the time", Stupples said. "I think it's a great way to attract different people around the world". "I need to improve'". She eventually adopted a version of Leadbetter's A-Swing, but after a lot of success in their first two-and-a-half years together, she began struggling in the second half of last year.

It has been a year of change for Ko, who started 2017 by making some significant alterations. It helped me. This one is one of my favorites. On this course, that might be a benefit to Ko in retaining the top spot in the ranking.

Ariya said this year that her disappointment at Rancho Mirage, was the key to what proved a remarkable season.

The 19-year-old does not see her recent form as any real cause for concern. She's 10th on tour in driving accuracy.

The most well-known "am" in the pro-am portion of the ANA Inspiration - Caitlyn Jenner - made her return to the Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills on Wednesday. "She has confidence with her putter". "Something's going to break her way".

So far this year, she appears to be struggling. She was No. 1 in putting on tour last year, No. 2 the year before. At the end of past year, she changed equipment company before dispensing with her coach and caddie.

She faces some stiff competition. Like you said, I've been on five teams already. "She's a breath of fresh air".

This year, the LPGA Tour's finest arrive with a few eyebrow-raising questions such as the performance of defending champion Lydia Ko.

I remember her, not too long ago, when navigation systems weren't a huge thing. Since turning pro in 2014, Ko has won 14 tournaments, including the ANA, yet for 2016 Olympic silver medalist, sharing her passion with young players is just as important as tournament wins when it comes to the future of golf for all women.

  • Arturo Norris