Kiwi Lydia Ko becomes Youngest LPGA Winner
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Kiwi Lydia Ko becomes Youngest LPGA Winner

Vancouver : Canada | Aug 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM PDT
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World No 1 amateur Lydia Ko became the youngest ever winner on the LPGA Tour, and the first New Zealander, as she blitzed a field of experienced professionals to win the Canadian Open.

The 15-year-old,born in South Korea, and raised in New Zealand, said in a televised interview. “It’s a professional event and I just came to make the cut and play my best. It’s been a really great couple of weeks.”

Ko went into the final round with a one-stroke lead and produced a stunning five-under 67 at the Vancouver Golf Club to win by three.

Ko, won the U.S. Amateur title just two weeks ago, shot a 5- under-par 67 during today’s final round at Vancouver Golf Club in British Columbia, Canada, to finish 13 under overall.

In January, Ko won the New South Wales Open in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event, a mark broken by 14-year-old Brooke Henderson in June in a Canadian Women's Tour event in Quebec.

She is the youngest player to win on the elite US LPGA Tour, surpassing 16-year-old American Lexi Thompson's achievement last year.

She is also the first New Zealander to win on the Tour and is the first amateur to do so for 43 years.

She's the fifth amateur to win an LPGA tournament and first since JoAnne Carner of the U.S. back in 1969.

Ko was ineligible for the winners' purse of US$300,000, which goes to world No.11 Park, but said it didn't concern her.


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