Lydia Ko has taken the golfing world by storm as she starts to dominate the LPGA and has become the youngest ever World Number by doing so. The 17-year-old from New Zealand turned pro in October 2013 and has never looked back.
Ko already had a lustrous career before she became a professional when she won the CN Canadian Women’s Open in 2012 and 2013 as an amateur. She not only won these two tournaments but did so in fine style with a 3 stroke victory over Inbee Park and a five stroke lead in 2013 over second place Karine Icher.
The Korean born star is nothing less than a record breaker. She is the youngest player of either gender to be ranked World Number 1. She is the youngest player to ever win a professional golf tour event when she won the New South Wales Open in 2012 and is the only Amateur to ever win two LPGA Tour events.
She is a star in the making and has already got a top 10 and a second place finish under her belt in just two starts this year.
After the second round of this week’s Women’s Australian Open, Ko finds herself at the top of the leader among a ray of talent. A round of 70 put her in pole position at 6 under-par in Melbourne. Ko began the day two shots off the lead, but soon closed the gap after a birdie at the tenth. The young star was left frustrated at the par 4 11th when she walked off the green with a bogey to bring her back to 3 under-par. Birdie on the 13th put her back on 4 under. The shot of the day was without a doubt a special one. Ko hit a great drive down the 15th, splitting the fairway in two and followed it up with a spectacular second which saw her hole out from 125 metres for eagle. A great way to bounce back from a par on the 14th which she eagled during the previous round. “That anger led me to hit an aggressive drive on the 15th,” Ko said. “I was so upset from the hole before that I gambled. A little bit of anger is good because it lets the steam out, whereas sometimes I’ve had experiences where I’ve kept it in and it’s definitely not helped me.”
She soon faulted at the next hole where she dropped yet another shot. Mixed emotions soon followed her mixed scores on the front nine, but she soon settled down and carded another birdie at 17 and followed that with ten straight pars to finish on 6 under.