The Million Dollar Girl
How amazing is it that Lydia Ko at the age of only 17 years, 2 months and 26 days (July 20th, 2014) wins on the LPGA Tour for the second time this year. (That gives her a total of 4 wins on that tour). That’s a record. Her previous win was at “The Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic” (Lydia take, $270,000) held in San Francisco this last April. Here’s another record for her, she is the youngest player to have won over one million dollars in one season. Yesterday’s “LPGA Marathon Championship” 1st Place Prize was $210,000, bringing her year-to-date number to $1,061,019 and it’s only July.
The tournament was played at “The Highland Meadows Golf Club” in Sylvania, Ohio. On the last hole yesterday, a par 5, she had 72 yards left for her 3rd shot and calmly hit it to 4 feet, sank the putt for a birdie 4 to finish a bogey-free round of 65, 6-under-par. Previously she had said that her goal for the day was to shoot a 6-under score and she just went out and did it. The win was by 1 shot over former U.S. Open Champion So Yeon Ryu.
As an amateur Lydia has previously won 2 Women’s Canadian Opens (2012-2013) against strong fields of Professionals. Today she is at #2 in the world ranking.
Lydia always looks so calm and in control of her game but states that she’s nervous over every shot, a statement that’s rather hard to believe. Her transition from the amateur ranks into professional golf seems to have gone pretty smoothly as her wins indicate. To me, the fact that she change equipment (something almost every professional needs considerable time to adjust to) and has played most of her professional events with different caddies, (that’s like giving 1 or 2 shot away to the rest of the field), proves how talented she is.
Born in Korea, her family moved to New Zealand when Lydia was very young. She’s a New Zealand citizen and certainly the pride of “Kiwiland”. The way she plays golf and her wonderful, calm, polite and respectful attitude towards older players is very obvious. The way she conducts herself and her exposure on TV has apparently been a great boost to the New Zealand tourist industry.
She’s quite something and a wonderful young lady, with plans to attend college. I for one will be watching and cheering her on.