In the Winner's Circle with Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko
Photo Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Lydia Ko of New Zealand watches her tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio.

2014 Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning & O-I
Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio
July 20, 2014

 

Birthplace/Hometown – South Korea/Auckland, New Zealand
Birthdate – April 24, 1997 – currently 17 years, 2 months, 26 days
Qualified for LPGA Tour – Granted Membership for the 2014 season by LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan
Turned Professional – October, 2013

  • VICTORIES
    • LPGA: Fourth-career victory; second as a member of the LPGA Tour Previous wins: 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open; 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open (both as an amateur); 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic
  • RACE TO THE CME GLOBE
    • Earns 500 points toward the Race to the CME Globe standings and remains third in the points standings, trailing No. 1 Stacy Lewis and No. 2 Michelle Wie
  • ROLEX RANKINGS
    • With her victory, Lydia is projected to remain No. 2 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings
  • MONEY
    • CAREER: With the $210,000 first-place check, Lydia is 194th on the LPGA Career Money List with $1,061,019
      • Lydia becomes the youngest player in LPGA Tour history to cross the $1 million mark (17 years, 2 months, 26 days); previous youngest was Lexi Thompson at the 2013 Evian Championship (18 Years, 7 Months, 5 days)
    • SEASON: Lydia has earned $1,061,019 this season and passes Inbee Park for the third spot on the LPGA Tour Official Money List
  • TOURNAMENT SPECIFIC
    • Made one previous appearance at the Marathon Classic; finished T7 in 2013
    • Becomes the youngest winner in the event’s 29-year history; previous youngest winner was Brandie Burton in 1993 (21 years, 5 months, 26 days)
  • 2014 IN A NUTSHELL
    • 15 events, 15 cuts made, 2 victories, 6 additional top-10 finishes, 5 additional top-5 finishes
    • First time to record two victories in one season
  • 2013 RECAP
    • 12 events, 12 cuts made, 1 victory, 5 additional top-10 finishes
    • Earned her second-career victory when she defended her title at the CN Canadian Women’s Open
  • OF NOTE
    • Made only six starts in between her two victories this season
    • Becomes the sixth player this season to record at least two victories joining: Jessica Korda (Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic & Airbus LPGA Classic), Anna Nordqvist (Honda LPGA Thailand & Kia Classic), Karrie Webb (ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open & JTBC Founders Cup), Stacy Lewis (North Texas LPGA Shootout, ShopRite LPGA Classic, NW Arkansas Championship), Michelle Wie (LOTTE LPGA Championship & U.S. Women’s Open)
    • Became the youngest winner in Ladies European Tour (LET) history on February 10, 2013 at the 54-hole ISPS Handa Women’s New Zealand Open.
    • Became the youngest winner in LPGA history on August 19, 2012 at the 72-hole CN Canadian Women’s Open at the age of 15 years, 4 months and 2 days.
    • Was the fifth amateur winner in LPGA history and first since 1967; became the first amateur to win twice

Topics: Winners Story, Ko, Lydia, Marathon Classic

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