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Rio Olympics 2016: Lydia Ko not feeling the pressure of gold expectations

Lydia Ko tees off during a practice round ahead of the Rio Olympics golf event. Photo / AP
Lydia Ko tees off during a practice round ahead of the Rio Olympics golf event. Photo / AP

The pressure to add to New Zealand's medal tally at the Rio Olympics is not weighing on Lydia Ko's mind.

The world's No.1-ranked women golfer takes to the Marapendi course on Wednesday with her mind focused on performing, but not burdened by the fact she is expected to add to the country's two gold, six silver medal haul.

"Even though we haven't had as many gold medals as we would have loved to, I've heard silver medal-wise it's the most we've had in any Olympic Games which is very impressive.

"Hopefully me and all the other athletes who are still to compete could put an addition to that medal count - that'd be great.

"We're not thinking about all the pressure of the Olympics but just trying to enjoy it."

The 19-year-old confessed to letting her mind wander about what it would be like to win a medal, especially after seeing Britain's men's gold medallist Justin Rose with his around his neck on Sunday.

"I kept asking my caddie: 'I wonder what it's like to stand on that podium, I wonder what it's like to be holding a medal'."

"If I end up holding the gold medal at the end of Saturday and standing on the podium, I think it'll be extra special.

"I don't know if I'd ever take that medal off, but it would bruise me a little bit if I was swinging with it."

Ko practised on the course on Sunday after joining the gallery to cheer on teammates Danny Lee and Ryan Fox, and believed the wind would be a major factor with those with an early tee time expected to get the best of the conditions before the breeze got up.

She is in the last trio on the course with Britain's Charley Hull and Sweden's Anna Nordqvist at 11.09am on Wednesday.

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