Lydia Ko: 'She can dominate like Tiger'

Michael Campbell tells fellow Kiwi to "re-set her goals" following major win

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Tue, 15 Sep 2015

Lydia Ko: 'She can dominate like Tiger'

Michael Campbell believes fellow Kiwi Lydia Ko can be the Tiger Woods of women's golf following her maiden major triumph at the Evian Championship in France.

Campbell, who held off Woods to win the 2005 US Open, said the 18-year-old Ko, who became golf's youngest major winner, must "re-set her goals".

The 46-year-old won his sole major at Pinehurst and clinched the last of his eight European Tour titles later in 2005 before his form ebbed away. His world ranking was in the 800s by 2012 and he retired from the game in May of this year.

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"She [Ko] needs to break even more records, set her goals even higher," Campbell told New Zealand's Radio Sport.

"I think the most important thing is for her to re-set her goals now. She can be the first player to win all five majors... become the first person to win the grand slam.

"Thirteen wins on the LPGA tour in two years... that's ridiculous. This is like Tiger Woods stuff. He dominated golf for 10 years and I can see Lydia doing exactly the same thing."

"She can go on to bigger and brighter things," he added. "She is a great ambassador for golf and New Zealand. She has got 20 more years at the top which adds up to 100 majors. She will be distracted off the golf course but I'm sure she has a great team behind her."

Ko, who was the LPGA Tour's youngest winner at 15 and golf's youngest world number one at 17, is chasing American Patty Berg's record major haul of 15. 

Woods, 39, was the dominant force in golf in the 2000s and has been world number at various times for a record 683 weeks. He has won 14 major titles, the last of which came at the 2008 US Open.



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