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Olson is motivated to win

The 2018 LPGA season was a breakout year for Amy Olson.

The 26-year-old from the United States rocketed to 48th in the Rolex Rankings after being ranked 306th in the world just a year ago.

Olson admits a few swing changes made back in 2016 along with more consistency in her game were key factors behind her success last year which included four top-ten finishes. 

"In 2016 I began the process of making some swing changes that would eventually lead to more consistency on the golf course," Olson told Our Sporting Life SA. 

"Success in golf rarely shows immediately and sometimes you have to go backwards to ultimately take steps forward. For me, those results just started showing up in competition last year and that was fun to see.  

Last September during the final day of the Major event - The Evian Championship - Olson held at least a share of the lead in all but her last putt after a double-bogey on the 18th, a par would have secured her maiden LPGA victory, she had to settle with a tie for second.

Her experience at The Evian has Olson believing she can be a major champion.

"I learned that I have the game to win a major championship. The fact that I came up one shot short in the end doesn’t change that belief. I was able to play four solid rounds of golf and I know that I left shots out there. I have the capability to be a Major Champion and it motivates me to continue working to give myself more chances.  

Prior to 2018, Olson had just two top-ten's from 83 career starts on the LPGA. Her 24 starts last season included eight top-20's with four top-ten finishes which has sparked her confidence moving into this year. 

"I would love to win an LPGA event during 2019," Olson said.

"That is a goal that motivates me, but ultimately I want to keep improving specific parts of my game that still have room to grow. If I do that, results will take care of themselves.

Since 2014, The North Dakota local has played in every Australian Open and back in 2016 when the event was last held at The Grange she unfortunately failed to make the cut. 

Three years on, Olson arrives in Adelaide with new-found confidence off the back of a career-best season, but the American is still focused on playing as well as she can before targeting a particular finishing position.

"Sometimes you are more excited about pulling off a top-40 than a top-5," she said.

"It all depends on the week. 

"Making the best out of the game you have that week is a constant challenge in golf, I evaluate my performance by different metrics than the finish position I end up in.   

Throughout her career Olson is not one to look at leaderboards during play unless it's a shot that could ultimately change the result.

"If there is a hole or a position I am in that requires a decision that would be affected by the leaderboard I will look at it (the leaderboard)," Olson said.

"It depends on the situation. If there is no decision to be made or I don’t want my gameplay to change based on my position I will not look at them." 

Olson's moment to enjoy her first victory on the LPGA is not far away and it would come as no surprise to see her lifting the Patricia Bridges Bowl at The Grange for the Australian Open.

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