I earnest can't believe that you are comparing Lydia Ko to Yani. During Yani best days she dominated the golf course. She made lots of birdies, but also lots of bogies. Not to mention she swung all out on her tee shots. But when her drives got worse and worse, she would not adjust.
To be earnest, I would compare Ariya to Yani, if she don't start playing better.
Lydia on the other hand had a solid game. When she didn't have her "A" game she would think her way around the course. She must get a lot of money from PXG to keep playing those clubs. I just don't think they fit her game. I for one do not suspect doom and gloom for her, she is too smart.
Looks like you're spreading chum to reel in the former Van City correspondent (you're gonna need a bigger boat).
I agree with SYFan that The Old Ko and Yani Tseng are totally dissimilar examples...although I disagree with him regarding Ariya maybe becoming the next Yani Toast (Sung Hung is in more danger of this as Ariya has a better swing and it's more reliable in the long term, IMHO).
Lydia is an accumulation of self-inflicted blunders...it may take years to really turn it around...fortunately, she's still young. In fact, if you look at the history of the Women's World Golf Rankings, you'll see periods where the short knockers have had their days in the sun...for instance, three different times at #1 for Shin and Miyazato, but it did not last long...that's about the best The Old Ko can hope for. As of now, I'm betting against her.
So Yeon Fan & philknj - Thanks guys for your comments. It's always nice to see that the people I respect on here read my blog and I am always interested in your input.
So Yeon fan - If I gave you the impression that I was was comparing Lydia's actual game to Yani's, then shame on me for not getting my point across properly. Their games are entirely different. What I was trying to say is Lydia's fall from the elite to where she is now reminds me a bit of Yani's. Where I don't believe that Lydia will fall out of the top 50 as fast as Yani did, it does bear watching. When Yani first started her fall, I don't believe any of us thought it would last. She was too good. But we were all wrong, she never recovered. Could this happen to lydia? The game of golf has a way of getting in your head like no other sport.
Of course Lydia's best days are not behind her -- she'll be teaming with In Gee Chun at the team tournament later this season. Win or lose the event, you cannot lose in life if you get to play with In Gee!
One other thing that I am sure everyone already know. The LPGA is much more competitive than it was when Lydia or Yani dominated. Because of the competition and sometime easy course setups. Where the person with the hot putter wins. You either keep up or be left behind.
One example is So Yeon who has always been top five or near top five Rolex Ranking. A slow start and she has been pushed out of the top ten.
Another Nelly Korda started out the season hot on her march toward number one. But a couple of bad tournaments and she has dropped back.
To be honest I am worried more about So Yeon's play than Lydia.