Ko plays best when laughing and smiling

  • 05/04/2016
Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko

World No.1 Lydia Ko has clinched her second successive major title, but is adamant that she puts her focus on enjoying herself.

The 18-year-old New Zealander sunk a brilliant birdie on the 18th hole at the ANA Inspiration in California to finish on 12-under, one stroke ahead of England's Charley Hull, 20, and Korean In Gee Chun, 21.

Ms Ko joined Paul Henry to talk about her latest win and how she copes with the pressure of professional golf.

She says the most important thing in her career is making sure she enjoys herself.

“I play better when I’m laughing and smiling.”

She says that when she steps up to take a shot, she’s serious and focussed, but between shots she makes sure to have fun and enjoy the fact that she’s playing golf on the best courses in the world.

Going into the final round of the tournament, she was one shot behind.

Instead of focussing on how to win, she just put her mind to playing a good game and enjoying herself.