In the Winner's Circle with Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko
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Lydia Ko of New Zealand hits her tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the CN Canadian Women's Open at Royal Mayfair Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE with LYDIA KO

2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open
August 25, 2013

Birthplace/Hometown – South Korea/Auckland, New Zealand
Birthdate – April 24, 1997 – currently 16 years, 4 months, and 1 day
Qualified for LPGA Tour – Not a member of the LPGA
Turned Professional – Amateur

  • VICTORIES
    • - LPGA: Second-career victory; becomes the first amateur in history to win two LPGA Tour events

Previous win: 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open

    • - International: Fourth-career victory at a professional event. Previous wins: 2012 Women’s New South Wales Open (ALPG); 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open (LPGA); 2013 ISPS Handa Women’s New Zealand Open (LET)

  • TOURNAMENT SPECIFIC

    • - Second appearance at the CN Canadian Women’s Open and won the event in 2012 when she became the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour at 15 years, 4 months, 2 days

    • - Becomes the first player to defend a title on the LPGA Tour since Yani Tseng accomplished the feat after she won the 2010 and 2011 RICOH Women’s British Open

    • - Her victory marks the sixth time that an amateur has won an LPGA Tour event

    • - With her win today, she now also sits second on the list of youngest winners in LPGA Tour history

            Youngest winners in LPGA history

            Lydia Ko, 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open (72-hole event) at 15 years, 4 months, 2 days *not a member of the LPGA

            Lydia Ko, 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open (72-hole event) at 16 years, 4 months, 1 day  *not a member of the LPGA

            Lexi Thompson, 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic (72-hole event) at 16 years, 7 months, 8 days

            Marlene Hagge, 1952 Sarasota Open (18-hole event) at 18 years, 14 days

            Marlene Hagge, 1952 Bakersfield Open (18-hole event) at 18 years, 2 months, 15 days

  • ROLEX RANKINGS

    • - With her victory, Lydia is projected to jump from No. 19 to No. 7 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings


  • OF NOTE

    • - Qualifies to represent CN Canadian Women’s Open at the LPGA Tour season-ending CME Group Titleholders

    • - Has played in a total of 14 LPGA events in the 2012 and 2013 seasons and has not missed a cut in any of those events

  • 2013 LPGA TOUR PERFORMANCES
    Event

    Scores Finish
    ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open (Feb. 14-17) 

    63-69-70-76=278 (-14) 3
    Honda LPGA Thailand (Feb. 21-24)

    69-71-74-69=283 (-5) T14
    Kraft Nabisco Championship (Apr. 4-7)

    72-74-71-69=286 (-2) T25
    LPGA LOTTE Championship (Apr. 17-20)

    71-71-70-66=278 (-10) T9
    Wegmans LPGA Championship (Jun. 6-9)

    77-70-73-69=289 (+1) T17

    Walmart NW Arkansas Presented by P&G (Jun. 21-23)

    69-66-68=203 (-10) T4
    U.S. Women's Open (Jun. 27-30)

    72-76-79-72=299 (+11)  T36
    Marathon Classic (Jul. 18-21)

    69-67-71-68=275 (-9) T7
    RICOH Women's British Open (Aug. 1-4) 

    69-76-75-74=294 (+6)  T42

 

  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    • - Became the youngest winner in Ladies European Tour (LET) history on Feb. 10, 2013 at the 54-hole ISPS Handa Women’s New Zealand Open.

    • - Became the youngest winner in LPGA history on Aug. 19, 2012 at the 72-hole CN Canadian Women’s Open at the age of 15 years, 4 months, 2 days

    • - Was the fifth amateur winner in LPGA history and first since 1967

    • - Also in 2012: earned low amateur honors at two LPGA Tour major championships: tied for 39th at 2012 U.S. Women’s Open; tied for 18th at the RICOH Women’s British Open.

    • - At the age of 14 years, 9 months, 5 days, Ko became the youngest tournament winner in professional golf history at the Women’s New South Wales Open on the ALPG (Australia) Tour on Jan. 29, 2012. Ko’s record was beaten by two days in June 2012 by Brooke Henderson in a 36-hole event on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour. Henderson was 14 years, 9 months, 3 days old.

    • - At the age of 13, finished runner-up at the 2011 Women’s New South Wales Open on the ALPG Tour.


  • AMATEUR TOURNAMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    • - 2012: Won U.S. Women’s Amateur (second youngest winner in history) and Australian Women’s Amateur; medalist at the World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey

    • - 2011: Won Australian Women’s Amateur Strokeplay, New Zealand Women’s Amateur Strokeplay, New Zealand Women’s Amateur Match Play

     

Topics: In the winners circle, Canadian Pacific Women's Open, Ko, Lydia

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