Lydia Ko: Richie McCaw or Dan Carter?

Lydia Ko. Photo / AP
Lydia Ko. Photo / AP

In the lead up to the Evian Championship, starting later tonight at the Evian Resort Golf Club in France, tournament organisers have managed to sit down with Kiwi sensation and world number 1 Lydia Ko to fire some light-hearted questions in an interview posted on the Championship's official Twitter page.

In the interview, Ko was given two options and asked what she prefers more. She states she prefers Golden State Warriors wonder Stephen Curry over Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, dogs over cats, sushi over burgers, and Candy Crush over Pokemon Go.

The final question of the interview, however, was one that Ko seemed most unsure about answering, pausing far longer before answering than for any other question in the interview.

You couldn't blame her for being unsure either, as for any New Zealander, being asked who you prefer out of 148-test former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and all-time leading test pointscorer Dan Carter is an incredibly difficult question to answer, such is the magnitude of love and admiration most Kiwis have for the pair.

Ko had to answer, however, and when push came to shove, Ko revealed she prefers Dan Carter to the only man to have lifted the Webb Ellis Cup on more than one occasion.


With all joking and laughing aside, Ko starts her bid for a third major title by the age of 19 at the Evian Championship, the final major of the season. But it will be hard to match her performance last year, let alone improve it.

She became the youngest major champion in LPGA history with her six-shot triumph, sinking a 15-foot birdie putt to close with a final-round 63 for an LPGA record low last round by a winner at a major.

"A lot of memories of walking down the 18th on that last day," Ko said Wednesday ahead of Thursday's opening round.

"It was so much more than I could have ever imagined."

Since then, the South-Korean born New Zealander has picked up five more titles, including a second major at the ANA Inspiration in April.

She also came back from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with a silver medal, finishing behind South Korean Inbee Park.

Ko truly announced her arrival on the biggest stage as a 16-year-old when she finished second in Evian in 2013 - the year it became the fifth major in women's golf.

Tipped as a future great in her mid-teens, she was already the youngest winner on the Tour after winning the 2012 Canadian Women's Open.

There has been no stopping her, and last year she became the youngest woman or man to be ranked No. 1.

As well as clinching a third major, Ko has another target in mind.

She hopes to win the third edition of the Rolex Annika Major Award, which rewards the player with the best combined record at all five majors and is named after 10-time major winner Annika Sorenstam.

"It would mean so much," Ko said.

- NZ Herald

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