Who's who: Lydia Ko

  • Lydia Ko wins 2022 BMW Ladies Championship
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  • Lydia Ko wins 2022 BMW Ladies Championship
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Who's who: Lydia Ko

  • Name:

    Bo-Gyung "Lydia" Ko
  • Also known as:

    Lyds
  • Country:

    New Zealand
  • Born:

    April 24, 1997 in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Pupuke GC, Auckland.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    2013
  • Website:

    https://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. LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year (2014). Race to the CME Globe Champion (2014, '15, 22). LPGA Tour leading money winner (2015, '22).

Has held the position of No.1 golfer in the Women's Official World Golf Rankings. Appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2019.

Did you know?

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

2022
America
271 (-17)
$2,000,000
CME

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$2,000,000

Title sponsor

CME

Played as the CME Group Tour Championship (Nov 17-20; LPGA Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Leona Maguire (Ire) finished 2 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Lydia Ko (NZ), who collected the biggest winner's cheque in the history of women's golf. Ko's win also gave her the season-long LPGA Tour money title. [Gold course, Tiburón GC, Naples, FL].

2022
Asia
Oak Valley CC, Korea
267 (-21)
$300,000
BMW

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Oak Valley CC, Korea

Score

267 (-21)

Prize money

$300,000

Title sponsor

BMW

Played as the BMW Ladies Championship (Oct 20-23; LPGA Tr/KLPGA Tr event). Second-placed Andrea Lee (USA) finished 4 shots behind Lydia Ko (NZ), who recorded her 18th LPGA Tour win. [Oak Valley CC, nr Wonju, Gangwon, South Korea].

2022
America
Boca Rio GC
274 (-14)
$300,000
Gainbridge

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Boca Rio GC

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$300,000

Title sponsor

Gainbridge

Played as the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio (Jan 27-30). Second-placed Danielle Kang (USA), chasing back-to-back LPGA Tour wins, finished 1 shot behind Lydia Ko (NZ). [Boca Rio GC, Boca Raton, Florida].

2021
America
260 (-28)
$300,000
Lotte

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Score

260 (-28)

Prize money

$300,000

Title sponsor

Lotte

Played as the Lotte Championship (Apr 14-17). Second-placed Nelly Korda (USA), Leona Maguire (Ire), Sei Young Kim (S Kor) and Inbee Park (S Kor) finished 7 shots behind Lydia Ko (NZ). [Kapolei GC, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii].

2021
Awards
3520 pts
n/a
CME Group

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Score

3520 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

CME Group

Jin Young Ko (S Kor) won the LPGA Tour's 2021 season-long points chase, the Race to the CME Globe, with 3,520 pts; Ko won this award for the second time in three years. Nelly Korda (USA) was second with 3,420 pts; Lydia Ko (NZ) was third with 2,754 pts. The 2021 "Race", based on points earned for "above the cut line" finishes, determined the 60 competitors for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship (which was also won by Jin Young Ko).

2021
Awards
69.3
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Score

69.3

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Lydia Ko (NZ) won the Vare Trophy, recording the LPGA Tour's 2021 season lowest scoring average (69.329) over a minimum of 70 rounds. Lexi Thompson (USA) was second with 69.629. Not making the minimum 70 rounds were: Nelly Korda (USA, 68.774, 62 rounds), Jin Young Ko (S Kor, 68.866, 67 rounds), Yuka Saso (Jpn, 69.364, 33 rounds) and Inbee Park (S Kor, 69.534, 58 rounds).

2021
Europe
Royal Greens
265 (-23)
US$129,680
Aramco / PIF

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Royal Greens

Score

265 (-23)

Prize money

US$129,680

Title sponsor

Aramco / PIF

Played as the Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by Public Investment Fund (Nov 4-7). Second-placed Atthaya Thitikul (Thai) finished 5 shots behind Lydia Ko (NZ). Thitikul's second place finish gave her enough points to clinch the season-long LET Order of Merit (Race to Costa del Sol) title for 2021 ... at 18-years-old, the youngest ever winner of this title. [Royal Greens G&CC, King Abdullah EC, Saudi Arabia].

2018
America
Lake Merced GC
276 (-12)
$225,000
Mediheal

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Lake Merced GC

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$225,000

Title sponsor

Mediheal

Played as the inaugural LPGA Mediheal Championship (April 16-29). Lydia Ko (NZ) beat Minjee Lee (Aus) with an eagle at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th), to record her 15th LPGA Tour title. [Lake Merced GC, San Francisco, CA].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$390,000

Title sponsor

ANA

Played as the ANA Inspiration (45th) (March 31-Apr 3). 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].

2016
Aus/NZ
206 (-10)
€30,000
ISPS Handa

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

€30,000

Title sponsor

ISPS Handa

Played as the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open (Feb 12-14; ALPG/LET Tours 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 Lydia Ko (NZ), who won this event for the third time in four years. [Clearwater Resort, Christchurch, NZ].

2016
America
Highland Meadows
270 (-14)
$225,000
Marathon

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Highland Meadows

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

$225,000

Title sponsor

Marathon

Played as the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I (July 14-17). Lydia 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].

2016
America
269 (-19)
$255,000
Kia

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Aviara

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

$255,000

Title sponsor

Kia

Played as the Kia Classic (March 24-27). Second-placed Inbee Park (S Kor) finished 4 shots behind Lydia Ko (NZ). [Aviara GC, Carlsbad, CA].

2016
America
196 (-17)
$300,000
Walmart/P&G

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Score

196 (-17)

Prize money

$300,000

Title sponsor

Walmart/P&G

Played as the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G (June 24-26). Second-placed Candie Kung (Taiw) and Morgan Pressel (USA) finished 3 shots behind Lydia Ko (NZ). [Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Arkansas].

2015
America
Vancouver GC
276 (-12)
$337,500
Canadian Pacific

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Vancouver GC

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$337,500

Title sponsor

Canadian Pacific

Played as the Canadian Pacific Women's Open (Aug 20-23). Lydia Ko (NZ) beat Stacy Lewis (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th), to claim her third win in four years in this event. [The Vancouver GC, Coquitlam, nr Vancouver, BC].

2015
Asia
Miramar, Tpe
268 (-20)
US$300,000
Fubon

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Miramar, Tpe

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

US$300,000

Title sponsor

Fubon

Played as the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship (Oct 22-25; LPGA Tour event). Second-placed So Yeon Ryu (S Kor) and Eun-hee Ji (S Kor) finished 9 shots behind Lydia Ko (NZ). 18-year-old Ko recorded her tenth LPGA Tour victory, breaking Nancy Lopez's ten win record by almost 3.5 years. Ko's win returned her to the World No.1 spot. [Miramar G&CC, Taipei, Taiwan].

2015
Aus/NZ
202 (-14)
€30,000
ISPS Handa

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

€30,000

Title sponsor

ISPS Handa

Played as the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open (Feb 27-Mar 1; ALPG/LET Tours event). Second-placed Hannah Green (Aus, amateur) finished 4 shots behind Lydia Ko (NZ), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Clearwater Resort, Christchurch, NZ].

2015
Awards
6,000 pts
$1,000,000
CME Group

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Score

6,000 pts

Prize money

$1,000,000

Title sponsor

CME Group

Ko (NZ) won the LPGA Tour season-long points chase, to capture her second straight Race to the CME Globe and $1 million bonus. Inbee Park (S Kor) was second with 5,700 pts; Lexi Thompson (USA) was third with 5,000 pts. The Globe is awarded based on points earned for "above the cut line" finishes during the LPGA Tour season.

2015
Awards
$2,800,802
see Score
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Score

$2,800,802

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Ko (NZ) won the LPGA Tour 2015 Money List, with season earnings of $2,800,802 on the Tour. Inbee Park (S Kor) was second with $2,630,011; Stacy Lewis (USA) was third with $1,893,423.

2015
Awards
280 pts
n/a
Rolex

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Score

280 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Rolex

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.

2015
Majors
268 (-16)
$487,500
Evian

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Score

268 (-16)

Prize money

$487,500

Title sponsor

Evian

The Evian Championship (22nd) (Sept 10-13). Second-placed Lexi Thompson (USA) finished 6 shots behind Ko (NZ). Aged 18 yrs 4 mths 20 days, Ko became the youngest ever women's major championship winner, a record previously held by Morgan Pressel (USA). [Evian Resort GC, Evian-les-Bains, France].

2015
Aus/NZ
283 (-9)
US$180,000
ISPS Handa

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Score

283 (-9)

Prize money

US$180,000

Title sponsor

ISPS Handa

Played as the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open (Feb 19-22; 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].

2015
America
Lake Merced GC
280 (-8)
$270,000
Swinging Skirts

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Lake Merced GC

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$270,000

Title sponsor

Swinging Skirts

Played as the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic (April 23-26). Defending champion Lydia Ko (NZ) beat Morgan Pressel (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. Ko celebrated her 18th birthday on the Friday of this event. [Lake Merced GC, San Francisco, CA].

2014
America
278 (-10)
$500,000
CME

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$500,000

Title sponsor

CME

Played as the CME Group Tour Championship (Nov 20-23; LPGA Tr season-ending event). Lydia 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].

2014
America
Highland Meadows
269 (-15)
$210,000
Marathon

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Highland Meadows

Score

269 (-15)

Prize money

$210,000

Title sponsor

Marathon

Played as the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I (July 17-20). Second-placed So Yeon Ryu (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind 17-year-old Lydia Ko (NZ), who claimed her fourth LPGA Tour title. [Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, nr Toledo, Ohio].

2014
Awards
7,500 pts
$1,000,000
CME Group

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Score

7,500 pts

Prize money

$1,000,000

Title sponsor

CME Group

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.

2014
Awards
1,720 pts
$2,089,033
Rolex

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Score

1,720 pts

Prize money

$2,089,033

Title sponsor

Rolex

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.

2014
America
Lake Merced GC
276 (-12)
$270,000
Swinging Skirts

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Lake Merced GC

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$270,000

Title sponsor

Swinging Skirts

Played as the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic (April 24-27). Second-placed Stacy Lewis (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lydia Ko (NZ), who recorded her third LPGA Tour win, in the week when she turned 17 years. [Lake Merced GC, San Francisco, CA].

2013
America
265 (-15)
amateur
CN

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Score

265 (-15)

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

CN

Played as the CN Canadian Women's Open (Aug 22-25). Second-placed Karine Icher (Fra) finished 5 shots behind defending champion Lydia 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].

2013
Aus/NZ
206 (-10)
amateur
ISPS Handa

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

ISPS Handa

Played as the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open (Feb 8-10; ALPG/LET Tours event). Second-placed Amelia Lewis (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lydia Ko (NZ, amateur), who recorded her third win in a top professional women's event. At 15 yrs, 9 months and 17 days, Ko became the youngest ever winner on the Ladies European Tour. [Clearwater Resort, Christchurch, NZ].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Score

3 & 1

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

USGA

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].

2012
Aus/NZ
Oatlands GC
202 (-14)
amateur
Bing Lee/Samsung

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Oatlands GC

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

Bing Lee/Samsung

Played as the Bing Lee Samsung Women's NSW Open (Jan 27-29; ALPG Tr event). Second-placed Becky Morgan (Wales) finished 4 shots behind Ko (NZ, amateur), who posted her first ALPG Tour win. [Oatlands GC, Oatlands, nr Sydney, NSW].

2012
America
Vancouver GC
275 (-13)
amateur
CN

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ko, Lydia

Venue

Vancouver GC

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

CN

Played as the CN Canadian Women's Open (Aug 23-26). At 15 yrs 4 mths & 2 days, Korean-born Lydia Ko (NZ, amateur), became the youngest ever winner on the 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].

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