Lydia Ko vs Charley Hull: The Battle of the Millennials


Lydia Ko and Charley Hull, two of my favorite Millennials, are paired at the Aberdeen Assett Management Scottish Open!

Lydia Ko and Charley Hull are set to resume their friendly rivalry when they play together in the first two rounds of the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire on Friday and Saturday.  Not coincidentally, Dundonald offers both a timely opportunity to knock the rust off and get ready for the RICOH Women’s British Open at Turnberry, although Phil Mickelson and Ricky Fowler didn’t have much luck using the Scottish Open as a warm-up for The Open Championship a couple of weeks ago.

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The World Ranked No. 2 and 50 respectively, who are promoting the game of golf globally with their strong results on both sides of the Atlantic, will tee off at 12.10pm on Friday in what Ko has predicted will be a ‘tough test’ of golf.

"“I like links golf.  Without a doubt it’s very difficult and challenging,” said the 18-year-old New Zealander. “I’ll try my best out there, but, you know it’s a pretty tough course.  I played nine holes yesterday.  It’s not going to be easy – not 10 under par every day! But I think this week will be great preparation for me for Turnberry next week.  I’ve never played a Pro-Am in an official tournament, so I think it should be a lot of fun.”"

Ko’s only previous experience playing links golf in Scotland came at the 2013 Ricoh Women’s British Open at St Andrews, where she finished tied for 40th as the leading amateur.

However, Ko’s resume has changed since then.  She’s won 11 professional tournaments around the world and became the youngest ever winner on the Ladies European Tour when she took the 2013 ISPS HANDA New Zealand Women’s Open in February 2013 at the age of 15 years and nine months.

Before recently being overtaken by Inbee Park, Ko was the youngest ever world No.1 having assumed the position aged 17 for 19 weeks and she has won three professional titles so far this year: the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, ISPS HANDA New Zealand Women’s Open and Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

Ko has played with last year’s European Order of Merit Winner Charley Hull, 19, a number of times but Hull arguably has the greater links experience, having won a national competition at nearby Turnberry as a nine year old.

The 2014 Lalla Meryem Cup winner is already plotting her way around Dundonald Links.

"“It’s good to be back on a links course. Last time I played links golf was a year ago at Royal Birkdale during the Women’s Open,” said Hull. “It’s a bit colder than I would like it to be. The course is nice. It’s quite strange though. The greens are very receptive and it’s quite hard to play the bump and run shots from the little run off areas as they are so receptive. It’s tricky. You can’t pitch it 20, 30 yards short and let it run up.”"

The first round gets under way at 7.30am on Friday and mainly dry conditions are expected with the possibility of a few stray showers. Wind speeds are expected to decrease to 10-15 miles per hour after a strong breeze on Wednesday and Thursday.

I’m going to enjoy watching this pair of Millennials get themselves warmed up for the RICOH Women’s British Open!

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