Lydia Ko up for the challenge of beating golfer predictions again

Warnings about how easy it was for Lydia Ko to defend her Evian Championship title last year have been met with a ready response from the teenage golfing sensation from New Zealand.

Ko, who was 18 years and eight months old when she won last year’s LPGA major, was too young to vote last year. But she said she was always up for the challenge.

The young player said her aim for 2016 was to win her 10th tournament but she finished 12th in the opening major of the year, in Hawaii, before recovering in Montreal and winning her sixth LPGA title at the Kia Classic the following week.

Ko was speaking after signing off from the season with a second straight victory as she collected her 24th victory on the women’s tour in pursuit of her goal of 30.

“I don’t play golf to be celebrated or anything like that. Sometimes results are so overrated. I don’t care if I keep winning tournaments every week. There is no sweeter feeling, more meaningful than winning a tournament,” Ko said after victory on Sunday at the Evian Championship, a final round three-under par 67 allowing her to lead all the way to the 18th.

“Everybody and their dog plays golf in the summer and has an opinion on how many more I’m going to win. I’ve heard that before and I don’t really care. What matters is how I’m feeling and how I go about my own game and go about my own career. Winning a tournament at 18 years of age is not easy, that’s for sure.”

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