Two years ago, Lydia Ko won the 2015 Evian Championship and became the youngest winner in Major history (18y/4m/20d), since Young Tom Morris (17y/5m/8d) at the 1868 Open Championship. Her final-round 63 was also the lowest final round in a major.
Now 20, Ko returns to Evian Resort Golf Club hoping to reignite the magic and a moment she’ll never forget.
“When you’re playing, you don’t really feel that overwhelmed or you don’t really get to sense what’s going to go on if you do, and being able to win, and I think that really happened to me when my putt went in the hole on the 72nd hole,” Ko said.
Ko enters this week on a winless streak that has lasted 28 starts since her last victory at the 2016 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I, the longest stretch of her career. Last week, she co-led alongside Lexi Thompson going into the final round at the Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim before finishing with her second runner-up result of the season.
“To me just seeing those putts go in I think gave me a lot of confidence, and I think it gave me more belief in myself because I felt like there were a lot of positives and a lot of good things going on, but I just wasn’t able to put it all together,” said Ko. “So it was nice to be kind of in that position again, and even though I wasn’t the one holding the trophy at the end of last week, I still felt like I played good golf and tried my best out there, and the most important thing was just being in that atmosphere, being in that kind of position again, and it just builds your confidence.”