Who's who in golf - Lydia Ko


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Name: - Bo-Gyung "Lydia" Ko
Country: - New Zealand
Born : - April 24, 1997 in South Korea's capital city of Seoul.
Original Home/Club: - Pupuke GC, Auckland.
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 2013
Web Address: - http://www.lydiako.co.nz

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (2): The Evian (2015); ANA Inspiration (2016). Olympic Silver Medal (2016, Rio). Multiple winner on the US LPGA, European, Korean and Australian Tours. US LPGA Tr Rookie of the Year (2014). Race to the CME Globe Champion (2014, '15). US LPGA Tour leading money winner (2015). Held the position of No.1 golfer in the Women's Official World Golf Rankings.


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Ko's amateur career was nothing short of spectacular. Having started the game aged five, at 14 she became the youngest golfer ever to win a professional event (2012 New South Wales Open). She was the world's top-ranked woman amateur player for over 2 years, and became the first amateur to win two US LPGA events. As an amateur she played in 25 professional tournaments, never missing a cut.

In 2014, her first full season as a professional, she won three LPGA Tour events and was named LPGA Rookie of the Year. Not content with being the Tour's leading rookie, she scooped the inaugural Race to the CME Globe - the LPGA Tour's season-long points competition.

More records were broken and prizes gathered in a highly successful 2015. At age 18 yrs 4 mths and 20 days, Ko became the youngest ever winner of a women's major championship, which she did at the 2015 Evian Championship. Success in 2015 was not just confined to her first Major. Ko also won tour events in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Taiwan, as well as becoming the US LPGA Tour's leading money winner, and for the second time the CME Globe champion.


Top tournaments won by Lydia Ko

2016Wmn MajorsANA InspirationMission Hills CC276 (-12)$390,000
Played as the ANA Inspiration (45th). Second-placed Charley Hull (Eng) and In-gee Chun (S Kor) finished one shot behind Ko (NZ), who recorded back-to-back LPGA Tr wins. At 18 yrs 11 mths 9 days, Ko became the LPGA Tour's youngest ever two-time major champion, and youngest man or woman to win two majors since Young Tom Morris in 1869. [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
2016Wmn AmericaKia ClassicAviara GC269 (-19)$255,000
Played as the Kia Classic. Second-placed Inbee Park (S Kor) finished 4 shots behind Ko (NZ). [Aviara GC, Carlsbad, CA].
2016Wmn AmericaMarathon ClassicHighland Meadows270 (-14)$225,000
Played as the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I. Ko (NZ) beat Mirim Lee (S Kor) and Ariya Jutanugarn (Thai) with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole (par-5 18th). [Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, nr Toledo, OH].
2016Wmn Aus/NZNew Zealand Women's OpenClearwater Resort206 (-10)€30,000
Played as the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open (ALPG/LET Trs event; LET season opener). Second-placed Felicity Johnson (Eng), Nanna Koerstz Madsen (Den) and Hye-jin Choi (S Kor, amateur) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Ko (NZ). [Clearwater Resort, Christchurch, NZ].
2016Wmn AmericaNW Arkansas Ch'shipPinnacle CC196 (-17)$300,000
Played as the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. Second-placed Candie Kung (Taiw) and Morgan Pressel (USA) finished 3 shots behind Ko (NZ). [Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Arkansas].
2015Wmn Aus/NZAustralian Women's OpenRoyal Melbourne283 (-9)US$180,000
Played as the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open (ALPG/LET/LPGA Trs event). Second-placed Amy Yang (S Kor) finished 2 shots behind 17-year-old Ko (NZ), who became the youngest ever winner of the Women's Australian Open. [Composite of East & West courses, Royal Melbourne GC, Victoria, Aus].
2015Wmn AmericaCanadian Women's OpenVancouver GC276 (-12)$337,500
Played as the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. Ko (NZ) beat Stacy Lewis (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th), to claim her third win in this event. [The Vancouver GC, Coquitlam, nr Vancouver, BC].
2015Wmn MajorsEvian Ch'shipEvian Resort268 (-16)$487,500
The Evian Championship (22nd). Second-placed Lexi Thompson (USA) finished 6 shots behind Ko (NZ), who at age 18 yrs 4 mths 20 days became the youngest ever women's major championship winner, a record previously held by Morgan Pressel (USA). [Evian Resort GC, Evian-les-Bains, France].
2015Wmn AsiaLPGA TaiwanMiramar, Tpe268 (-20)US$300,000
Played as the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship (co-sanctioned with US LPGA). Second-placed So Yeon Ryu (S Kor) and Eun-hee Ji (S Kor) finished 9 shots behind Ko (NZ). 18-year-old Ko recorded her 10th LPGA victory, breaking Nancy Lopez's 10-win record by almost 3.5 years. Ko's win also allowed her to regain the World No.1 spot from Inbee Park. [Miramar G&CC, Taipei, Taiwan].
2015Wmn Aus/NZNew Zealand Women's OpenClearwater Resort202 (-14)€30,000
Played as the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open (ALPG/LET Trs event). Second-placed Hannah Green (Aus, amateur) finished 4 shots behind Ko (NZ), who claimed her second NZ Open title in three years. [Clearwater Resort, Christchurch, NZ].
2015Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LPGA280 ptsn/a
Ko (NZ) won the LPGA Rolex Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors. Inbee Park (S Kor) was second with 278 pts; Sei Young Kim (S Kor) was third with 161 pts.
2015Wmn AmericaSwinging Skirts ClassicLake Merced GC280 (-8)$270,000
Played as the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Defending champion Ko (NZ) beat Morgan Pressel (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. Ko celebrated her 18th birthday on the Friday (April 24) of this event. [Lake Merced GC, San Francisco, CA].
2014Wmn AwardsCME Globe - LPGA7,500 pts$1,000,000
Ko (NZ) won the inaugural LPGA Tour season-long points chase, to capture the Race to the CME Globe and $1 million bonus. Stacy Lewis (USA) was second with 5,650 pts; Michelle Wie (USA) was third with 5,100 pts. The Globe is awarded based on points earned for "above the cut line" finishes during the LPGA Tour season.
2014Wmn AmericaMarathon ClassicHighland Meadows269 (-15)$210,000
Played as the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I. Second-placed So Yeon Ryu (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind 17-year-old Ko (NZ), who claimed her fourth LPGA Tour title. [Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, nr Toledo, Ohio].
2014Wmn AwardsRookie of Yr - LPGA1,720 pts$2,089,033
Ko (NZ) won the LPGA Tour 2014 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. Using a season-long points system (based on finishes in Tour events), Ko accumulated 1,720 pts; Mirim Lee (S Kor) was second with 941 pts. Ko finished third on the LPGA money list, with earnings of $2,089,033.
2014Wmn AmericaSwinging Skirts ClassicLake Merced GC276 (-12)$270,000
Played as the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Second-placed Stacy Lewis (USA) finished 1 shot behind Ko (NZ), who recorded her third LPGA Tour win, in the week when she turned 17 years. [Lake Merced GC, San Francisco, CA].
2014Wmn AmericaTour Championship (LPGA Tr)Tiburon GC278 (-10)$500,000
Played as the CME Group Tour Championship (LPGA Tr season-ending event). Ko (NZ) beat Carlota Ciganda (Esp) with a par at the fourth playoff hole. Julieta Granada (Par) was eliminated with a bogey at the second playoff hole. [Gold course, Tiburón GC, Naples, FL].
2013Wmn AmericaCanadian Women's OpenRoyal Mayfair265 (-15)n/a
Played as the CN Canadian Women's Open. Second-placed Karine Icher (Fra) finished 5 shots behind defending champion Ko (NZ). 16-year old Ko became the first amateur to record two LPGA Tour wins, and first amateur to successfully defend a title on the Tour. [Royal Mayfair GC, Edmonton, Alberta].
2013Wmn Aus/NZNew Zealand Women's OpenClearwater Resort206 (-10)amateur
Played as the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open (ALPG/LET Trs event). Second-placed Amelia Lewis (USA) finished 1 shot behind home country winner Ko (NZ, amateur). Still an amateur, Ko recorded her third win in a top professional women's event. [Clearwater Resort, Christchurch, NZ].
2012Wmn AmericaCanadian Women's OpenVancouver GC275 (-13)n/a
Played as the CN Canadian Women's Open. At 15 yrs, 4 mths & 2 days, the Korean-born Ko (NZ, amateur), became the youngest ever winner on the US LPGA Tour. The $300,000 first prize went to second-placed Inbee Park (S Kor), who finished 3 shots behind Ko. [The Vancouver GC, Coquitlam, nr Vancouver, BC].
2012Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Women)Country Club, Cleveland3 & 1n/a
The US Women's Amateur Championship (112th). 15-year old Korean-born Ko (NZ), became the second youngest ever winner of the US Women's Amateur, beating Jaye Marie Green (USA) 3 and 1 in the final. [The Country Club, Pepper Pike, nr Cleveland, OH].

 

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