Ko makes history
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
15-year-old Lydia Ko made history, and stole headlines around the world, winning one of the LPGA's most prestigious tournaments.
Ko, the number one ranked amateur in the world and reigning US Amateur champion, beat home a field including 19 of the top 20 ranked Professionals in the world at the Canadian Women's Open in what can only be described as one of golf, and sport's, greatest performances.
Ko's win, at the age of 15 years, four months and two days, beat the record held by Lexi Thompson who was 16 years, eight months and eight days when she won the Navistar Classic last year.
Ko was also the first amateur to win on the LPGA since the legendary JoAnne Carner in 1969.
The victory by the Auckland based teenager generated news around the world with the World Golf Hall of Fame even calling to ask for a memento of the occasion.
Ko first made history when she won the NSW Open earlier this year as a 14-year-old, becoming the youngest ever winner of a Professional golf tournament, male or female, in history.
This win, however, eclipsed that performance by some margin given the Canadian Open is considered almost the equal of the four majors and carries the third biggest purse in women's golf behind the US Women's Open and the Evian Masters.
For those who missed it there is an excellent Golf Channel re-cap of the event here.