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Best of the World 2018

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star power The record-setting performance of Lydia Ko L ydia Ko emerged as a golfing phenom in 2014... Her first three years on Tour were the greatest career start of any male or female golfer in history… Born in South Korea, Ko immigrated with her family to New Zealand and became a Kiwi at age 12… She was a seven-year-old in 2005 when she first came to the attention of the media for competing in the New Zealand national amateur championships… As an amateur she never missed a cut in 25 professional tournaments... Ko became the youngest ever winner of an LPGA Tour event, winning the Canadian Women's Open at 15…With a purse of $2 million, the winner's share of $300,000 went to runner-up Inbee Park…In August 2013 Ko became the youngest and only amateur to win two LPGA Tour events… On her 17th birthday, she was named as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people... In April 2014, Ko earned her first LPGA Tour win as a professional at the Swinging Skirts Classic… She commemorated the occasion with the inscription "IV- XXVII-XIV" on her right wrist… In July 2014 Ko won her second tournament of the year, the Marathon Classic becoming the youngest millionaire ever on the LPGA Tour in her first full season as a pro… She was named 2014 LPGA Rookie of the Year... In September 2015 Ko won the final major on the LPGA calendar, the Evian Championship, dominating the final round with a 63, the lowest closing round score in a women's major championship… Her victory made her the youngest major champion in golf since Young Tom Morris, when he won the 1868 Open Championship… At 17 Ko became the youngest player of either gender to be ranked No. 1 in professional golf... She became the youngest player to win 10 events on a major tour… Ko became the world No.1 in February 2015 and held the top ranking for 104 weeks, a total which ranks her only behind Lorena Ochoa and Yani Tseng… Since turning professional in 2014, Ko has career winnings of over $9 million.

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