Lydia Ko’s resurgence and So Yeon Ryu’s injury were Thursday morning’s hot topics, as Global Golf Post’s Steve Eubanks joined Golf Channel’s Morning Drive from the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla.
Ko hasn’t won in more than a year and lost her world No. 1 ranking to Ariya Jutanugarn in June. Ko has fallen to No. 8, but “she’s finally making something of a comeback with her ballstriking,” Eubanks said.
“She’s got the clubs dialed in now after a number of different shaft changes. She’s hitting it probably 15 yards longer than she was during the middle of the summer.”
Ko opened with a 67 Thursday at Tiburon Golf Club.
Ryu, who took over the world No. 1 ranking from Jutanugarn in late June, lost the top spot earlier this month. Ryu withdrew from Wednesday’s pro-am because of a nagging shoulder injury.
“She’s only taken a handful of full swings in the last 10 days,” Eubanks said. “I think she’s very concerned and worried about how this pain’s going to affect her as she goes forward.”
Despite the injury, Ryu played Thursday and shot 72.
Eubanks is Global Golf Post’s senior writer covering the LPGA.