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Our 2 Favorite Moments With Lydia Ko

It is not our place to openly root for certain players, and so we don’t do that.

But look, we’re also human.

So when we got the opportunity to interview phenom Lydia Ko this week after she finished three days of preparation for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open on Pinehurst No. 2, we couldn’t help but become enamored with the poised and infectious 17-year-old who seems on the precipice of taking over women’s golf - and perhaps even more.

As we look back on our interview, two moments stood out for us:

 

 

1. “This…This…whatever this is.”

How great is Ko’s laugh? Even better, how great is her ability to laugh at herself and not feel embarrassed over not knowing what to call the wire grass? (For the record, Hunter Mahan didn’t know what to call it, either.) If you’re not immediately a fan of Ko after these 15 seconds, you may never be.

 

 

2.”Hopefully I’ll get some autographs.”

She’s been named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential, has won three times on the LPGA Tour already and until last week, had ascended to the No. 2 ranking in the world.

But she is still 17, and in the clip above, she’s sure enough of herself to show it. She’s looking for autographs, just like any other kid. (Her access, though, will be much, MUCH better than most autograph hounds.)

What’s great to see and hear is how Ko can navigate from elite major championship contender to a regular teenager in the matter of a single sentence or thought.

For example, a few seconds before this clip, she spoke about the back-to-back U.S. Opens at Pinehurst, and the chance she’ll get to watch the men play first and scout a little. “I’ll be able to see, ‘Oh, maybe I shouldn’t end up there or I should go there.” Veteran savvy, there.

But a few seconds before that, she tells us, “I’ve actually never watched a men’s (pro) tour event before…and actually be on the other side of the ropes.”

Honest, forthcoming, sincere, confident and yet humble.

Novel idea, right?

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VIDEO: Phenom Lydia Ko previews U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst

Lydia Ko is perhaps the biggest name in women’s golf today, and has quickly emerged as one of the key figures in all of golf. Just 17 years old, Ko was recently included on Time’s 100 Most Influential People list (the profile was written by none other than Annika Sorenstam) and has ranked as high as No. 2 in the world.

Barely 40 days before the U.S. Women’s Open, Ko spent three days and three rounds of golf on Pinehurst No. 2 to prepare for her third Open appearance – and first as a significant favorite. She chats about No. 2′s famed turtleback greens, and the prospect of attending a men’s professional tournament for the first time – the weekend of the U.S. Open Championship, one week before the Women’s Open.

“Hopefully I’ll get some autographs,” she says, earnestly.

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Mickelson, Fowler and Johnson switch it up at TPC Sawgrass

UPDATE: We now have better video, thanks to PGATour.com:

As you can see in the Instagram video above, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson tried something a little different on the famed 17th hole during their practice round at The Players PLAYERS Championship.

The video unfortunately doesn’t show the end result – Lefty Righty and Johnson are said to have missed the green.

Fowler, though? 12 feet from the cup.

No word on whether he putted left-handed.

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Another Tiger Woods Update

Tiger Woods reads his putt during the final round of the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Photo By Bob Donnan-US

Tiger Woods reads his putt during the final round of the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
Photo By Bob Donnan

Tiger Woods posted a blog post Monday morning. It is 1,662 words.

None of those 1,662 words include “Pinehurst.”

But he does mention the U.S. Open:

  • “After Quicken, there’s Greenbrier and The Open Championship, and of the course the U.S. Open is about six weeks away. You can understand why I want to hurry up and get better. I’d also like to play in the FedExCup Playoffs and the Ryder Cup.”

“After Quicken, there’s Greenbrier and The Open Championship, and of the course the U.S. Open is about six weeks away. You can understand why I want to hurry up and get better. I’d also like to play in the FedExCup Playoffs and the Ryder Cup.”

Woods does not indicate a timetable for a return, but does have some insight to his recovery:

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Best trick shot (involving a football and basketball hoop) ever?

 

William Rainey is pretty good with a golf ball.

But give him a football, a basketball hoop, a lob wedge, and sometimes, a breadstick from Olive Garden, and he’s money.

So money.

Rainey is a freshman golfer at the College of Charleston. He is from Charlotte and went to South Mecklenburg High School.

And he might be college golf’s best trick shot artist.

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