16 Feb 2012

Ko likes pro tournaments

1:14 pm on 16 February 2012

New Zealand women's golf's prodigy Lydia Ko says she's still learning and it's not all about winning.

The 14-year-old amateur admits she's not in great physical shape on the eve of the New Zealand Women's Open at the Pegasus club near Christchurch.

The world's top amateur, who at 14 became the youngest winner of a professional golf event at the New South Wales Open last month, says she uses professional events to continue developing her game.

Ko is is the outright favourite with bookies for the New Zealand Open, which starts Friday, at $11.00 odds to become the first New Zealander to win the National Open.

Defending champion Kristie Smith and fellow Australian Lindsey Wright are considered Ko's biggest threats with both paying $13 to win the title.

New Zealand's world number three amateur Cecilia Cho is the next highest ranked local in a share of 10th favourite paying $30 to win the event.