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New Zealand golf star Lydia Line takes yoga to improve her game



Lydia Ko has practiced yoga for an hour a day since December.

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Lydia Ko has practiced yoga for an hour a day since December.

Yoga may be the key to Lydia Line working her way back to the top of the golf world.

Former women's No. 1 has dropped to 14 in the world rankings but believes that yoga time per day will improve it physically and mentally.

"I like that one hour of getting your mind off everything and not worrying about what's going on around," Ko said at the Australian women's open site before the tournament began in Adelaide on Thursday.

"I enjoy it and flexibility was not one of the key points of my body and it helped."

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She says she started practicing yoga regularly in December.

"I do this not only on the physical side but on the mental side, just meditation.

"At this time of day we are on our phones or playing golf or talking, you do not have much time to have peace and quiet in your mind."

Lydia Co hangs it at the Australian Open in Adelaide this week.

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Lydia Co hangs it at the Australian Open in Adelaide this week.

The 21-year-old is looking for a better 2019 after struggling last year and made a strong start last month, which led into the final round of the opening LPGA event of the year, a tournament of champions in Florida.

However, round 77 saw her drop back to finish eighth, seven shots behind winning Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea.

The field of the Australian Open includes five players in the top 10 world – No.1 Lion Jutanugarn, No.7 Minjee Lee, No.8 Ya Hall and No.10, defending the champion of Young Yang Ko.

Ko was running the event in 2016.

"There are some long holes, some shorter holes where you can reach fifty," she told the Grange course website.

"I like the variety of holes and this course, it does not fit into one type of player, shorter or more collides, it makes it really interesting, it's nice to play golf course where you feel comfortable and you know you can play well."


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