In the Winner's Circle with Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko
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Lydia Ko of New Zealand tees off on 3 during Round Three of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at the Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco, California.

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic April 27, 2014 

Birthplace/Hometown – South Korea/Auckland, New Zealand
– April 24, 1997 – currently 17 years, 0 months, 3 days
Qualified for LPGA Tour
– Granted Membership for the 2014 season by LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan
Turned Professional
– October, 2013

LPGA: Third-career victory; first as a member of the LPGA Previous wins: 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open; 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open (both as an amateur) International: Four career victories at a professional event. Previous wins: 2012 Women’s New South Wales Open (ALPG); 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open (LPGA); 2013 ISPS Handa Women’s New Zealand Open (LET); 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open (LPGA)


  • Earns 500 points toward the Race to the CME Globe standings and moves into second placeon the points list with 1,290 points behind just Karrie Webb’s 1408 points.

    With her victory, Lydia is projected to jump from No. 4 to No. 2 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings


  • CAREER: With the $270,000 first-place check, Lydia is 297th on the LPGA Career Money List with $505,212
  • SEASON: Lydia has earned $505,212 this season and is ranked fifth on the LPGA Tour Official Money List

    Becomes the first ever winner of the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

    2014 IN A NUTSHELL
    1. 9 events, 9 cuts made, 1 victory, 3 additional top-10 finishes, 2 additional top-5 finishes
    2. First victory since the 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open
    3. Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People

    2013 RECAP

    1. 12 events, 12 cuts made, 1 victory, 5 additional top-10 finishes
    2. Earned her second-career victory when she defended her title at the CN Canadian Women’s Open


    1. This is the first time her dad was here to witness her win at an LPGA Tour event
    2. Became the youngest winner in Ladies European Tour (LET) history on Feburary 10, 2013 at the 54-hole ISPS Handa Women’s New Zealand Open.
    3. Becmae the youngest winner in LPGA history on August 19, 2012 at the 72-hole CN Canadian Women’s Open at the age of 15 years, 4 months and 2 days.
    4. Has played in a total of 25 LPGA events since 2012 and has not missed a cut in any of those events
    5. Was the fifth amateur winner in LPGA history and first since 1967; became

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