New Zealand confirms Lydia Ko for Rio
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 18, 2016 10:31 AM
Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, follows her shot from the sixth tee during the third round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at CordeValle Saturday, July 9, 2016, in San Martin, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Olympic committee has confirmed the selection of women's world No. 1 Lydia Ko for the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Ko will be one three New Zealand golfers competing in Rio along with Danny Lee, who will be ranked 12th in the 60-strong men's field, and Ryan Fox, son of former All Blacks flyhalf Grant Fox.
The NZOC said Cathryn Bristow, who could have qualified in 60th place in the women's field, was not selected because she did not meet their criteria.
South Korea-born Ko says "I'm super excited to represent New Zealand, to be able to see the village ... and just everything. It's going to be so cool."
Lee, who was also born in South Korea, said by playing at the Olympics "I'm sure I will make everyone proud."