Monday, February 2, 2015

17 Year Old Lydia Ko Becomes Golf Youngest Number 1 Ever!

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Born in South Korea and now living in New Zealand, Lydia Ko has become the youngest world number one in golf history by reaching the top of the women's rankings aged 17. Ko secured the number one ranking by finishing in a tie for second at the LPGA Coates Championship  in Florida.

Lydia Ko beats South Korean Jiyai Shin who had been the youngest player to top the women's rankings, aged 22 in 2010. She also beats Tiger Woods, who became men's world number one in 1997 when he was already 21. This makes her the youngest of any gender to reach the Number 1 ranking.

"It's amazing. It's a huge honour to be in that ranking. All I was focused on was trying to play my best."
Ko took her record despite surrendering a four-stroke overnight lead in the opening LPGA event of the season, which was won by South Korean Na-Yeon Choi.

But she still gained enough ranking points to move past South Korea's Inbee Park in the rankings.
Ko became the youngest winner of an LPGA Tour event with victory in the Canadian Women's Open in August 2012 at the age of 15.

She turned professional in October 2013 and has won five times on the LPGA Tour and once on the European Tour.

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