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Ko still feels Women’s PGA Championship pressure despite ranking drop

Newly crowned women’s world number one Ryu So-yeon is living the dream and hoping to give herself a major birthday present at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship starting Thursday.Paolozzi, who graduated from Madison Consolidated High School in 2000 after a strong prep career that saw her place second at the IHSAA state tourney her senior year before an even stronger career at Indiana University where she was an All-American and Big Ten champion, is now the first assistant golf professional at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.In 2016, Brooke Henderson denied Ko a third straight major victory by defeating her with a birdie on the first playoff hole at Sahalee Country Club near Seattle.This is the third year of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, with the PGA of America, LPGA and the accounting giant joining forces to breathe life into the former LPGA Championship, which was sponsorless and in jeopardy despite a deep heritage dating to its 1955 inception.”But she is super-talented”, Lewis said, “and you can tell in the way she plays that she is very confident”.”But with the rankings and how well all the girls are playing, you never know exactly what’s going to happen and in one week things can change”. “That’s the one I really want to achieve”, Ryu said.The South Korean ascended to the top of the world rankings for the first time following her win at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday.But on Thursday, it gets serious as she’ll start the defence of the major title she won previous year.Lydia Ko believes Olympia Fields Country Club is a course with a great balance.Said world No. 3 Ko: “It just shows the amount of talent that everybody feeds off each other and they’re all really good vibes that we’re feeding off”.So Yeon Ryu of South Korea moved to No 1 in the world with a win last weekend. “So I don’t think I’m going to stop keep improving myself”. “So it’s a great balance, and I love courses like that where it doesn’t really suit one type of player”. “We have some longer holes where we might be coming in with hybrids or even a 5-wood and some shorter ones where you can take advantage and make those birdies”, Ko said.”You can play golf when you’re 3, like I did, and you can play it like my great-grandmother did when she was 90″, Henderson said. He’s a role model to a lot of people out there, so that’s why a lot of kids were so excited to see him.”I think I have so much fun because like I know they’re great, they’re unbelievable golfers, they can win in any tournament, and they can become No. 1 in any week, we never know”, she said ahead of the start of the US$3.5 million (S$4.85 million) tournament, where she is seeking to better her third-placed finish from past year.