Lydia Ko said she’s having one of, if not the, best season of her career. Here’s why she’s right

When Lydia Ko won the BMW Ladies Championship two weeks ago, it marked her second LPGA Tour victory of 2022 and the 18th of her impressive career.



After the victory, Ko, ranked No. 3 in the world, said, “I think people underestimate what the level of the LPGA is and what the level of women’s golf is right now.



I think this is probably one of my best seasons or the best season I’ve had.” This is a big statement from a player who has spent 104 weeks as the No. 1 ranked player in the world.



And if you take a dive into the stats, Ko’s not wrong.

If one was to make an argument for Ko’s “best” season, they’d likely look back to either 2015 or 2016. In 2015, Ko first reached World No. 1, the youngest ever to do so at age 17.



She won five times that year and recorded 11 other top-10 finishes. In 2016, she had four wins and seven more top-10s. In both seasons she also won a major.

When Ko says 2022 might be better than those years, however, it’s a reminder that wins aren’t the only measure of success. She has made a point that the level of play is higher on the tour now than it was then, which is how she could be “playing better” in 2022 and winning less often.


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