Lydia Ko: Golf’s Youngest and Brightest Star
Just have to write a few words about New Zealand’s 17 year old golfing wonder-girl. I have to think that everyone in the “Land of the Long White Cloud” must know about and be very proud of Lydia. New Zealand with a population of only 4 ¼ million is defiantly a strong worldwide sporting country and no matter which sport a Kiwi participate in or follows they all must be excited at the amazing career of their young super star. It’s not out of place to call her a “Gentle Giant” who quietly and humbly goes about slaying the other giants on all the world wide LPGA Tours.
This year 2014 is the first year for Lydia as a Member of the LPGA of America.
In her career as well as being the number one amateur in the world during which time she won USA Amateur Champion ship twice as well as the Canadian Women’s Open twice, both Opens against strong fields of professionals. Now at the end of 2014 with 3 wins this year her total 5 professional wins at the tender age of 17 is nothing short of stunning.
Lydia at this time ranks number 3 in the world. And has run away with the title “Rookie of the Year”, no one else was even close. In all the tournaments she played this year she placed in the top 10 15 times. Her earning this year total $2,089,033.00. If that’s not impressive I don’t know what is. Then of course there will be sponsor endorsements. Just to mention two, she plays Callaway Golf equipment and shows the Bank of Australia and New Zealand logo “ANZ” on her clothing.
From the LPGA Website
What’s written below is taken from the LPGA’s website. I don’t think they’ll mind me passing on what they posted, as they include the “share” logos of Facebook and Twitter in the article.
A few things to know about Lydia Ko
- If Lydia were not a golfer, she would like to work in the media or in broadcasting
- Biggest passion outside of golf is cooking
- If golf had walk-up songs, Lydia would pick Golf Boys 2.Oh
- Her only superstition is continuing to use the same ball marker and it seems to be helping her on the greens
- Hobbies include going to the movies, reading and playing tennis
The Last Tournament of 2014
Lydia Ko concluded the CME Group Tour Championship with a final-round 68 that had some amazing numbers. She hit 21 of 22 greens in regulation and all the par 4 and 5 fairways on Sunday (including four playoff holes). She totaled 107 putts (first in the field) for the week through 72 holes, with 26, 26 and 24 in the first three rounds before her ball-striking improved on Sunday (31 putts). She also played the final 24 holes without a bogey (last two holes of the third round and all of Sunday) in finishing 68-68 on the weekend.
Lydia has never missed a cut in 42 career LPGA starts, with finishes in the top 10 52% of the time and in the top 25 for 75% of her starts. Her worst career finish was a T61 at this year’s Kia Classic where she shot a final-round 78.
With five career victories at age 17 and still seeking her first Major Championship, Lydia Ko is well within reach of these historic marks (Note: She has 17 months to surpass the majors mark):
Youngest to reach 10 wins
- Nancy Lopez, 22 years, 2 months, 5 days, 1979 Sunstar Classic
- Yani Tseng, 22 years, 6 months, 8 days, 2011 RICOH Women’s British Open
- Marlene Hagge, 22 years, 6 months, 10 days, 1956 Denver Open.
Youngest to win a Major
Morgan Pressel, 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship at 18 years, 10 months, 9 days
Along with everyone in New Zealand, I can’t wait to see what Lydia will achieve in 2015. And wish her nothing but “Fairways and Greens”, the best of luck and safety in all the travelling she will be doing.
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