HERE WE KO AGAIN!
It is the news that all New Zealand golf fans had been waiting and hoping to hear...Lydia Ko will be back to defend her ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open title.
"I will definitely play the New Zealand Open next year at Clearwater," Ko, 16, said after defending her title at the Canadian Open on the LPGA Tour.
"It is the National Open and I have great memories from my win there this year. I will be back there for sure. Winning the New Zealand Open meant so much to me and I will try to defend there as well."
The teenage superstar will once again be the main drawcard for the event which will be staged at the Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch from January 31 to February 2.
The World No.1 amateur made the tournament a memorable one in 2013.
She defeated a world-class field, which included major champions, and three of the previous winners of the event, to become the youngest winner in Ladies European Tour history.
It was a special moment for New Zealand Golf. The player everyone had come to see had ensured they went home on Sunday evening smiling.
The ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open hosted by Christchurch is a special event on the NZ sporting calendar as it holds the largest purse (€200,000 or NZ$334,000) for a women's event in this country.
The 2014 ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open hosted by Christchurch is set to be the biggest in its history with Lydia Ko firmly in the spotlight as the defending champion.