I post this not to pick on Ko, who is still playing very nice golf, but merely as a follow-up to many posts last year at this time related to the superstar's restlessness.
Perhaps a year from now we'll be talking about her multi-win season, but for now, the multitude of changes did not pay off in a great 2017.
Randall Mell with a GolfChannel.com assessment featuring quotes from a mildly defensive Lydia Ko.
“Ever since Indy [in early September], I played really good and put myself in good positions,” Ko said. “I felt like the confidence factor was definitely higher than during the middle of the year. I had some opportunities, looks for wins.”
Sunday marked the end of Ko’s first winless season since she began playing LPGA events at 15 years old.
Let the record show, she left with a smile, eager to travel to South Korea to spend the next month with family after playing a charity event in Bradenton, Fla., on Monday.
She saw her run of 85 consecutive weeks at No. 1 end in June. She arrived in Naples holding on to the No. 8 ranking. She ends the year 13th on the LPGA money list with $1,177,450 in earnings.