Golfing great Annika Sorenstam thinks Lydia Ko's revolving door of coaches and caddies is to blame for her mixed form over the past few years.
Regarded as the greatest female player of all-time, Sorenstam was at Royal Wellington today, launching the tournament that carries her name, while offering advice to Ko about life on the LPGA tour.
She's charming the locals and inspiring a generation of golfers. Annika Sorenstam last graced the fairways of New Zealand three decades ago, and it's 10 years since she retired at the age of just 38 from the women's tour.
"I'm just focusing on growing the game, sharing my passion for the game," she said.
That passion has seen her create the ANNIKA Invitational for talented young players, an idea she kicked off in the USA and has now brought to Wellington.
"We're planning on coming every year,"
The Swede won 10 Majors and is hoping to find the next Lydia Ko, with Ko herself 14th in the world, after a mixed year on the LPGA tour.
"I would say that every player has a little low," Sorenstam said. "You know, get back to basics to try and figure out what you really want to do."
Ko has been trying to figure out what to do by changing coaches and caddies, attempting to recapture the form that saw her once ranked number one in the world.
"I know she's still working hard, I know she's done a few changes in her inner circle, which contributes to quite a bit."