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Fifteen-year-old Lydia Ko garners worldwide attention with victory at CN Canadian Women’s Open
Fifteen-year-old amateur Lydia Ko made history in August becoming the youngest player to win in LPGA Tour history with a victory at the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open. Ko, who 14 days prior won the U.S. Women’s Amateur title, outlasted Rolex Player of the Year Stacy Lewis and Vare Trophy winner Inbee Park with a final-round 67 – including five back-nine birdies – to win Canada’s national championship at the age of 15 years, 4 months and 2 days. The teenager finished the week at 13-under-par 275, three shots ahead of Park who claimed runner-up honors with a twist – she banked the $300,000 first place prize due to Ko’s amateur status.
“It's great to win, and the last few holes, it got a bit nerve‑wracking, but Stacy Lewis after my birdie on 15 she said, you know, you can do it, and it was really great to have another player that I look up to giving me that much support,” Ko said. “So it was really awesome.”
Ko broke Lexi Thompson’s existing record as youngest winner on Tour by more than 16 and also became just the fifth amateur to win on the LPGA and the first since JoAnne Carner in 1969. Despite her successes, the New Zealander has no plans to rush toward a professional career.
“I'll still remain an amateur and then finish high school and then go to college in the States,” said Ko, whose glove from the final round is now on display at the World Golf Hall of Fame. “I mean this is a great win, but I don't think this will affect me changing my roots to my career.”
Pretty good perspective for a 15 year old.
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