Former world number 1 Lydia Ko and Canadian sensation Brooke Henderson have both been confirmed as playing this year’s Women’s Australian Open at Kooyonga in South Australia. This year’s WAO will be Ko’s eighth appearance which is unbelievable when you remember she is only 20 years old.
“It’s that time of year you want to set a good mode and get momentum going into the season. And I feel like the Australian people have taken me in as one of their own, so I really felt huge support there and it’s a tournament where I really want to do well,” Ko said.
Although Brooke Henderson has slipped to world number 14, the long-hitter is sure to attract big crowds just as she did at The Grange and Royal Adelaide before this year’s event.
Brooke stated: “Most of the time on tour you are just in an isolated hotel and drive to the golf course, whereas here you feel like you are part of Australia and feel like you are part of the atmosphere. I can’t wait to get back down and play in Adelaide again.”
Last year’s champion, Korean Ha Na Jang will return to defend her title in what looks to be a promising field.