Lydia Ko

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Lydia Ko
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Ko at the 2016 LPGA in Kingsmill
Personal information
Full name Bo-Gyung "Lydia" Ko
Nickname Lyds[1]
Born (1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 (age 20)
Seoul, South Korea
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality  New Zealand
Residence North Harbour, New Zealand
Career
College Korea University
Turned professional 2013
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour
Professional wins 19
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 14
Ladies European Tour 5
LPGA of Korea Tour 1
ALPG Tour 5
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 2)
ANA Inspiration Won: 2016
Women's PGA C'ship 2nd: 2016
U.S. Women's Open T3: 2016
Women's British Open T3: 2015
Evian Championship Won: 2015
Achievements and awards
Mark H. McCormack Medal 2011, 2012, 2013
Halberg Supreme Award 2013
New Zealand
Sportswoman of the Year
2013, 2014, 2015
LPGA Rookie of the Year 2014
LPGA Player of the Year 2015
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
2015
Best Female Golfer
ESPY Award
2015, 2016
Race to the CME Globe 2014, 2015
GWAA Female
Player of the Year
2015
Medal record
Representing  New Zealand
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Golf
Lydia Ko
Hangul 리디아 고
Hanja 리디아 高
Revised Romanization Ridia Go
McCune–Reischauer Ridia Ko
Ko Bo-Gyung
Hangul 고보경
Hanja 高寶璟
Revised Romanization Go Bogyeong
McCune–Reischauer Ko Po-gyŏng

Lydia Ko (born 24 April 1997) is a Korean-born New Zealand professional golfer who became the No. 1-ranked woman professional golfer on 2 February 2015 at 17 years, 9 months and 9 days of age, making her the youngest player of either gender to be ranked No. 1 in professional golf.[2][3] Upon winning The Evian Championship in France on the 13 September 2015, she became the youngest woman, at age 18 years, 4 months and 20 days, to win a major championship. Her closing round of 63 was a record lowest final round in the history of women's golf majors.[4] On 3 April 2016, she won the ANA Inspiration, for her second consecutive major championship, where she also became the youngest player to win two women's major championships. Since turning professional in 2014, Ko has career winnings of $7,774,276 as of 26 June 2017.[5] Additionally, she is the first LPGA Tour player to win at least $2,000,000 in each of her first three full seasons on Tour.

She had been the top-ranked woman amateur golfer in the world for 130 weeks[6] when she announced she was turning professional on 23 October 2013. She became the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event[7] and youngest person ever to win an LPGA Tour event.[8] In August 2013, she became the only amateur to win two LPGA Tour events.[9] As an amateur she never missed a cut in 25 professional tournaments,[10] and by September 2013 had risen to fifth in the Women's World Golf Rankings in only 23 professional tournaments.[10] Ko played her first LPGA Tour event on 9 February 2012 (14 years, 9 months, 16 days) and made the cut in her first 53 consecutive LPGA Tour events through 4 June 2015 (18 years, 1 month, 11 days) until she missed the cut at the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Since that lone missed cut, Ko has made the last 36 consecutive Tour events and counting (as of 28 November 2016).

On 23 April 2014, one day before her 17th birthday, Ko was named as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.[11] The same month she advanced to world No. 2 in the Rolex Rankings when she won the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.[12] It should also be noted that Lydia would go on to win the 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic as well, marking the second time she defended a title but her first as a professional.

On 22 November 2015, Ko won the LPGA Rolex Player of the Year Award by two points over Inbee Park, making her the youngest winner in the 49 years of the award.[13]

In both 2014[14] and 2015,[15] Ko has been named in the EspnW Impact25 list of twenty-five athletes and influencers who have made the greatest impact for women in sports.

In 2016, Ko was named Young New Zealander of the Year in the annual New Zealander of the Year Awards.[16]

At the Rio Olympics, in August 2016, Ko won the silver medal in women's golf.[17]

As of 19 June 2017, Lydia has won 14 LPGA Tour titles in her young career. That tally means only 38 LPGA Tour players have ever won more Tour titles than Lydia Ko, at the age of 20 years, 1 month and 26 days.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Seoul, South Korea, she emigrated with her family to New Zealand as an infant and gained citizenship at age 12.[18] Ko was educated at Mairangi Bay Primary and Pinehurst School in Albany, New Zealand, and when she joined the tour she took correspondence classes with Pinehurst.[19][20] Starting in 2015 Ko said she would study psychology extramurally with Korea University, Seoul. The Yonhap news agency reported her as saying "I'll have to listen to what the university says to decide how I will do my studies. I'll have to make sure I submit the required papers and projects as the majority of my classes will be done online."[21]

Early golf career[edit]

Ko began playing golf as a five-year-old when her mother took her into a pro shop at the Pupuke Golf Club[22] on Auckland's North Shore owned by professional Guy Wilson who coached her until 22 December 2013.[22][23] Ko was a seven-year-old in March 2005 when she first came to the attention of the media, for competing in the New Zealand national amateur championships.[24]

2012 Women's NSW Open[edit]

On 29 January 2012, Ko became the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event by winning the Bing Lee/Samsung Women's NSW Open on the ALPG Tour.[7] She was 14 at the time, and had placed second in the event the year before. The previous youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event was Japan's Ryo Ishikawa at age 15 years and 8 months.[25][26] Her record as the youngest winner of a professional event was broken later in 2012 by 14-year-old Canadian Brooke Henderson, who won the second event on that year's Canadian Women's Tour on 13 June.[27][28]

2012 and 2013 CN Canadian Women's Open[edit]

On 26 August 2012, at the age of 15 years and four months, Ko became the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA Tour event, winning with a score of 275 (−13) at the CN Canadian Women's Open. She surpassed the record set by Lexi Thompson at 16 years and seven months in September 2011. Her win also made her only the fifth amateur to have won an LPGA Tour event, and the first in over 43 years.[29] The 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open was a 72-hole event with a purse of $2 million; the winner's share of $300,000 went to runner-up Inbee Park who was three strokes back.[30]

Ko successfully defended her win at the 2013 CN Canadian Open, shooting 265 (−15) for a five-stroke victory over Karine Icher at the Royal Mayfair Club in Edmonton. The $300,000 winner's share went to Icher.

Professional career[edit]

After finishing runner-up to Suzann Pettersen in The Evian Championship in France, Ko announced that she would turn pro in 2014.[10] However, on 23 October 2013, Ko stated in a YouTube video featuring New Zealand rugby player Israel Dagg that she was turning professional immediately and would play her first professional tournament in Florida in mid-November.[31] She finished tied for 21st in her pro debut at the 2013 CME Group Titleholders.

In October 2013, the LPGA Tour granted Ko's request to join the LPGA, waiving the Tour's requirement of members being at least 18 years old. "It is not often that the LPGA welcomes a rookie who is already a back-to-back LPGA Tour champion," tour commissioner Mike Whan said when he granted Ko's request.[32]

2014[edit]

On 27 April 2014, Ko earned her first LPGA Tour win as a professional and her first win on U.S. soil, by winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. She celebrated her 17th birthday during this tournament. In July, she won her second tournament of the year, the Marathon Classic. In November 2014, Ko won her third tournament of the season, the season ending CME Group Tour Championship. She won the LPGA Rookie of the Year.[33] Ko commemorated the occasion with the inscription "IV-XXVII-XIV," (4-27-14 in Roman numerals), on her right wrist.[34]

2015[edit]

On 2 February 2015, Ko became the No. 1 ranked woman professional golfer after a runner-up finish at the Coates Golf Championship, overtaking Inbee Park. On 22 February 2015, Ko won her first event of the 2015 LPGA Tour season at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. The win was her sixth on the LPGA Tour, and her ninth victory overall. The following week, Ko returned home and won her tenth professional championship at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open.[35] The victory in this tournament was her second of the 2015 season, the win was also her third on the Ladies European Tour, and fourth with ALPG Tour. Highlighted in her victory at New Zealand was her LET low-round tying and course record 61 during the second round.

At the first major of the 2015 season, the ANA Inspiration, she shot a 1-under-par 71 in the first round on 2 April, tying her with Annika Sörenstam for the all-time LPGA record for consecutive rounds under par, at 29.[36] Three weeks later, Ko would win her second LPGA Tour event of the 2015 season, when she beat Morgan Pressel in a playoff to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. She would defeat Pressel with birdie on the second playoff hole. The victory was her seventh overall on tour, and her second win at the event in as many years. Her win was also her third win worldwide in 2015. The victory would be the second time she has defended a championship on tour. The playoff win was also her second on tour, bringing her playoff record to 2-0.[37] Ko would go on to miss the cut at the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship. The missed cut would be her first in her fourteen major championship appearances. She would find solid success in her next two major championships with a T12 finish at the 2015 U.S. Women's Open, and a T3 finish at the 2015 Ricoh Women's British Open.

On 23 August 2015, Ko won her third Canadian Pacific Women's Open in a playoff against Stacy Lewis. Ko defeated Lewis, with par on the first hole of the playoff. The victory was the eighth for Ko on the LPGA Tour, and the third of the 2015 season, and fourth win worldwide for Ko in 2015. The playoff victory was also her third win in such circumstances, and would bring her career LPGA playoff record to 3–0.[38]

On 13 September 2015, Ko won the fifth and final major on the 2015 LPGA calendar, the 2015 Evian Championship.[39] She dominated the final round with eight birdies, winning by six shots over second-place finisher Lexi Thompson. Her 63 was the lowest-ever closing round score in a women's major championship. It was Ko's fourth win on the LPGA Tour in 2015, ninth on the LPGA Tour overall and fourth on the Ladies European Tour. Ko's victory also made her the youngest major champion in the history of the LPGA Tour and the youngest major champion in golf since Young Tom Morris, when he won the 1868 Open Championship.[40]

On 26 October 2015, became the youngest player to win 10 events on a major tour at age 18 years, 6 months and 2 days surpassing Horton Smith who set the PGA Tour mark of 21 years, 7 months in 1929, and Nancy Lopez who set the previous LPGA Tour record in 1979 at 22 years, 2 months, 5 days.[41]

2016[edit]

Ko's 2016 started where she left off from 2015, winning the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open for a third time in four years by two shots from Hye Jin Choi, Felicity Johnson, and Nanna Koerstz Madsen. Just 11 minutes before she was due to tee off for her final round, an earthquake struck, with Ko vowing to donate her prize money to charity to help those affected.[42]

On the LPGA Tour, Ko won the Kia Classic in March with a four-shot margin over Inbee Park, and the following week, on 3 April, she made it consecutive major titles with a one-shot victory at the ANA Inspiration. The win strengthened her position as No. 1 in the world as she became the youngest double major winner in the history of the game since Young Tom Morris at the 1869 Open Championship.[43] Later, Ko added two more victories on the LPGA Tour at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and Marathon Classic. In August, she represented New Zealand at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, where she won the silver medal. Ko was runner-up for the Vare Trophy (lowest scoring average) for a second consecutive year; however, last year's difference of 0.026 was, literally, twice as much as this year's 0.013 which separated her from winner Chun In-gee.

Following the 2016 season, Ko announced that she had signed an equipment sponsorship contract with Parson's Xtreme Golf (PXG), ending her use of Callaway equipment. She also announced that she had parted ways with both her caddie and swing coach.

2017[edit]

Ko started her 2017 LPGA Tour season at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open where she finished T-46. She then had three consecutive top-10 finishes at the Honda LPGA Thailand, HSBC Women's Champions, and the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. In her fifth event of the season, Ko missed just her second LPGA Tour cut at the Kia Classic with rounds of 74 and 72. She then defended her ANA Inspiration title at the 2017 ANA Inspiration event. She opened with two rounds of 70, followed by a third round 71, and rounded out the year's first major with a third round of 70 to finish in a tie for 11th place. In her seventh start of 2017, she closed with rounds of 65 and 64 to finish tied for 2nd place at the Lotte Championship, her best finish of the season. She had back-to-back top-10 finishes at the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play and Kingsmill Championship where she ended T-9 and T-10, respectively.

The Kingsmill Championship was Ko's 100th tournament on the LPGA Tour, 16 as an amateur and 84 as a professional. In those 100 tournaments, she won 14 titles, had 10 runner-up finishes, and 9 third-place finishes, meaning that she had a top-3 finish in one third of the events. Additionally, Ko accumulated an 59 top-10 finishes and amassed career earnings of $7,718,380 which already ranks her No. 23 on the LPGA Tour career money list.[44] After just 14 LPGA tournaments (22 worldwide tournaments), Lydia broke into the Rolex Rankings top-10 at No. 7 by winning her second Tour title.[45] Then after her first 44 LPGA tournaments, Ko ascended to the world No. 1 ranking for the first time on 2 February 2015.[46] Ko was the world number one for 84 weeks until June 2017.

Amateur wins (6)[edit]

Professional wins (19)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (14)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other LPGA Tour (12)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 26 Aug 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open[1] 68-68-72-67=275 −13 3 strokes South Korea Inbee Park
2 25 Aug 2013 CN Canadian Women's Open[1] (2) 65-69-67-64=265 −15 5 strokes France Karine Icher
3 27 Apr 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic 68-71-68-69=276 −12 1 stroke United States Stacy Lewis
4 20 Jul 2014 Marathon Classic 67-67-70-65=269 −15 1 stroke South Korea Ryu So-yeon
5 23 Nov 2014 CME Group Tour Championship 71-71-68-68=278 −10 Playoff Spain Carlota Ciganda
Paraguay Julieta Granada
6 22 Feb 2015 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open[2][3] 70-70-72-71=283 −9 2 strokes South Korea Amy Yang
7 26 Apr 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic (2) 67-72-71-70=280 −8 Playoff United States Morgan Pressel
8 23 Aug 2015 Canadian Pacific Women's Open (3) 67-68-69-72=276 −12 Playoff United States Stacy Lewis
9 13 Sep 2015 The Evian Championship[2] 69-69-67-63=268 −16 6 strokes United States Lexi Thompson
10 25 Oct 2015 Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship 69-67-67-65=268 −20 9 strokes South Korea Ji Eun-hee
South Korea Ryu So-yeon
11 27 Mar 2016 Kia Classic 68-67-67-67=269 −19 4 strokes South Korea Inbee Park
12 3 Apr 2016 ANA Inspiration 70-68-69-69=276 −12 1 stroke South Korea Chun In-gee
England Charley Hull
13 26 Jun 2016 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship 66-62-68=196 −17 3 strokes Taiwan Candie Kung
United States Morgan Pressel
14 17 Jul 2016 Marathon Classic (2) 68-66-67-69=270 −14 Playoff Thailand Ariya Jutanugarn
South Korea Mirim Lee

1 Ko won the 2012 and 2013 CN Canadian Women's Opens as an amateur.
2 Co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour.
3 Co-sanctioned by the ALPG Tour.

LPGA Tour playoff record (4–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2014 CME Group Tour Championship Spain Carlota Ciganda
Paraguay Julieta Granada
Won with par on fourth extra hole
Granada eliminated with par on second hole
2 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic United States Morgan Pressel Won with birdie on second extra hole
3 2015 Canadian Pacific Women's Open United States Stacy Lewis Won with par on first extra hole
4 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship Canada Brooke Henderson Lost to birdie on first extra hole
5 2016 Marathon Classic Thailand Ariya Jutanugarn
South Korea Mirim Lee
Won with birdie on fourth extra hole

Ladies European Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 10 Feb 2013 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open[4][6] 70-68-68=206 −10 1 stroke United States Amelia Lewis
2 22 Feb 2015 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open[5][6] 70-70-72-71=283 −9 2 strokes South Korea Amy Yang
3 1 Mar 2015 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open[6] (2) 70-61-71=202 −14 4 strokes Australia Hannah Green (a)
4 13 Sep 2015 The Evian Championship[5] 69-69-67-63=268 −16 6 strokes United States Lexi Thompson
5 14 Feb 2016 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open[6] (3) 69-67-70=206 −10 2 strokes South Korea Choi Hye-jin (a)
England Felicity Johnson
Denmark Nanna Koerstz Madsen

4 Ko won the 2013 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open as an amateur.
5 Co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour.
6 Co-sanctioned by the ALPG Tour.

ALPG Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 29 Jan 2012 Bing Lee Samsung Women's NSW Open[7] 69-64-69=202 −14 4 strokes Wales Becky Morgan
2 10 Feb 2013 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open[7][9] 70-68-68=206 −10 1 stroke United States Amelia Lewis
3 22 Feb 2015 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open[8][9] 70-70-72-71=283 −9 2 strokes South Korea Amy Yang
4 1 Mar 2015 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open[9] (2) 70-61-71=202 −14 4 strokes Australia Hannah Green (a)
5 14 Feb 2016 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open[9] (3) 69-67-70=206 −10 2 strokes England Felicity Johnson
South Korea Choi Hye-jin (a)
Denmark Nanna Koerstz Madsen

7 Ko won the Bing Lee Samsung Women's NSW Open and the 2013 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open as an amateur.
8 Co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour.
9 Co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour.

KLPGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 8 Dec 2013 Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters 68-68-69=205 −11 3 strokes South Korea Ryu So-yeon

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
2015 The Evian Championship 2 shot deficit −16 (69-69-67-63=268) 6 strokes United States Lexi Thompson
2016 ANA Inspiration 1 shot deficit −12 (70-68-69-69=276) 1 stroke England Charley Hull, South Korea Chun In-gee

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
ANA Inspiration DNP T25LA T29 T51 1 T11
Women's PGA Championship DNP T17LA 3 CUT 2 T59
U.S. Women's Open T39LA T36 T15 T12 T3 T33
Women's British Open T17LA T42TLA T29 T3 T40
The Evian Championship ^ 2LA T8 1 T43

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
LA = Low amateur
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 1 0 0 1 1 3 5 5
Women's PGA Championship 0 1 1 2 2 3 5 4
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 1 1 1 3 6 6
Women's British Open 0 0 1 1 1 2 5 5
The Evian Championship 1 1 0 2 3 3 4 4
Totals 2 2 3 7 8 14 25 24
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 13 (2012 U.S. Open – 2015 ANA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 5 (2015 British – 2016 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-3s – 5 (2015 British – 2016 U.S. Open)

Olympic games (1)[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 silver medal)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Score To par Gold medalist Bronze medalist
1 20 Aug 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 69-70-65-69=273 −11 South Korea Inbee Park China Shanshan Feng

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Starts Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top-10 Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2012 4 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 n/a 72.938 n/a
2013 12 12 1 1 1 6 1 16,063 n/a 70.413 n/a
2014 26 26 3 2 3 15 1 2,089,033 3 70.079 5
2015 24 23 5 3 3 17 1 2,800,802 1 69.441 2
2016 24 24 4 3 2 14 1 2,493,059 2 69.596 2
2017 12 10 0 1 0 7 2T 391,382 19 69.385 9
Totals 102 99 14 10 9 60 1 7,774,276 25 69.897
  • official through 26 June 2017[53]

* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.
* Ko turned professional on 23 October 2013 but was not a member of the LPGA Tour. Money earned in 2013 was not considered official by the LPGA Tour.
* Made the cut in her first 53 LPGA Tour events, with the first 16 being as an amateur. After missing the cut at the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship held 11–14 June, Ko made the next 40 consecutive tour event cuts until she missed just her second LPGA cut at the 2017 Kia Classic held 23–26 March.
* Has earned $2,000,000, or more, in her first 3 seasons as an LPGA Tour professional.

World ranking[edit]

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings (Rolex Rankings) at the end of each calendar year.

Year World
ranking
Avg.
pts.
Source
2010 549 0.04 [54]
2011 295 0.37 [55]
2012 43 2.43 [56]
2013 4 7.48 [57]
2014 2 9.80 [58]
2015 1 11.78 [59]
2016 1 11.48 [60]
No. 1 all weeks of the year
  • On 2 February 2015, Ko first ascended to the world No. 1 ranking.[61]
  • On 12 June 2017, her streak of 85 consecutive weeks (3rd longest all-time) with the No. 1-ranking came to an end when Ariya Jutanugarn won the 2017 Manulife LPGA Classic to move up one spot.[62] Since 2 February 2015, when she first became the world No. 1 golfer, she held the top ranking for 104 total weeks which ranks her 3rd highest, only behind Lorena Ochoa's 158 weeks and Yani Tseng's 109 weeks.
  • On 18 July 2016, Ko hit her highest point average of 15.47.[63]
  • On 18 July 2016, Ko established her biggest point lead over the No. 2-ranked player. Her 15.47 average was 7.10 points above No. 2-ranked Brooke Henderson's 8.37 average.[63]

Records and achievements[edit]

  • On 29 January 2012, became the youngest person to ever win a professional golf tour event (New South Wales Women's Open) at age 14 years, 9 months and 5 days.
  • On 26 August 2012, became the youngest winner of an LPGA Tour event (Canadian Women's Open) at age 15 years, 4 months and 2 days
  • On 10 February 2013, became the youngest winner of a Ladies European Tour event (ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open) at age 15 years, 9 months and 17 days.
  • On 25 August 2013, became the youngest and only amateur to win two LPGA Tour events – age 15 and 16 (2012 and 2013 Canadian Women's Open)
  • On 12 November 2014, became the youngest winner of the LPGA Rookie of the Year in LPGA history at age 17 years, 6 months and 19 days surpassing Laura Baugh who won her title at 18 years, 6 months and 28 days and held the "youngest" label for 41 years.
  • On 23 November 2014, became the youngest player to win 5 events on a major tour at age 17 years, 6 months and 30 days.
  • On 23 November 2014, became the youngest and first player to win the biggest payout in LPGA history, taking home US$1.5 million after capturing the tour's season-ending event and winning the inaugural Race to the CME Globe at age 17 years, 6 months and 30 days.
  • On 23 November 2014, became the youngest rookie player to set an LPGA record for most money earned by a rookie at $2,089,033 at age 17 years, 6 months and 30 days – breaking Julieta Granada's 2006 mark of $1,633,586.
  • On 2 February 2015, became the youngest player of either gender to ever be ranked No. 1 in professional golf by both the Official World Golf Ranking and the Rolex World Golf Ranking at age 17 years, 9 months and 9 days, eclipsing Tiger Woods who was 21 years, 5 months and 15 days when he became men's world number one in 1997 and Jiyai Shin who was 22 years and 5 days when she became women's world number one in 2010.
  • On 22 February 2015, became the youngest winner of the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open title at age 17 years, 9 months and 29 days.
  • On 2 April 2015, tied Annika Sörenstam for the most consecutive rounds under-par in LPGA Tour events, at 29.
  • On 15 July 2015, became the youngest winner of Best Female Golfer ESPY Award at age 18 years, 2 months and 21 days.
  • On 13 September 2015, became the youngest player in the "modern era" (post-1900) of either gender to win a major championship at The Evian Championship at age 18 years, 4 months and 20 days[64] surpassing Johnny McDermott who was 19 years, 9 months and 14 days when he won his PGA major in 1911 and Morgan Pressel who was 18 years, 10 months and 9 days when she won her LPGA major in 2007.
  • On 13 September 2015, her closing round of 63 in the Evian was the record lowest final round in the history of women's golf majors.[4]
  • On 26 October 2015, became the youngest player to win 10 events on a major tour at age 18 years, 6 months and 2 days surpassing Horton Smith who set the PGA Tour mark of 21 years, 7 months in 1929, and Nancy Lopez who set the previous LPGA Tour record in 1979 at 22 years, 2 months, 5 days.[41]
  • On 22 November 2015, became the youngest winner of the LPGA Top Ten Finishes with 17 top ten finishes in 24 events (71%), at age 18 years, 6 months and 29 days.
  • On 22 November 2015, became the youngest winner of the LPGA Official Money List at age 18 years, 6 months and 29 days.
  • On 22 November 2015, became the youngest winner of the LPGA Player of the Year in the 49 years history of the award at age 18 years, 6 months and 29 days, surpassing Nancy Lopez who won her title at age 21 years, 10 months and 6 days and held the "youngest" title for 37 years.
  • On 22 November 2015, became the youngest MVP/Player of the Year ever across all four major sports and the LPGA/PGA Tour: LPGA - Lydia Ko (18); PGA - Tiger Woods (21); NHL - Wayne Gretzky (19); NFL - Jim Brown (21); NBA - Derrick Rose(22); MLB - Stan Musial, Johnny Bench, Vida Blue (22)
  • On 28 December 2015, became the youngest year-end #1 in Rolex Rankings history at age 18 years, 8 months and 4 days.
  • On 3 April 2016, became the youngest player in the "modern era" (post-1900) of either gender to win 2 major championships at the ANA Inspiration at age 18 years, 11 months and 10 days, surpassing Gene Sarazen who was 20 years, 5 months and 22 days when he won his second PGA major in 1922 and Se Ri Pak who was 20 years, 9 months and 8 days when she won her second LPGA major in 1998.
  • On 3 April 2016, became the first New Zealander to win 2 majors. The other New Zealanders who have won a major, Sir Bob Charles and Michael Campbell, have each won one.
  • On 11 July 2016, Ko finished T3 at the U.S. Open. This marked her 5th consecutive top-3 finish in a major. She finished T3, 1, 1, 2, T3 at the 2015 British Open, 2015 Evian Champ., 2016 ANA Inspiration, 2016 Women's PGA Champ., and 2016 U.S. Open, respectively.
  • On 17 July 2016, Ko won the Marathon Classic for her fourth Tour title of the year. It marked her second consecutive year winning at least four Tour titles (she won five Tour titles in 2015). It's also her second consecutive season winning at least US$2.25M and her third consecutive season winning at least US$2.00M.
  • As of 10 October 2016, Ko's career money stands at $7,307,824 in just 70 events and puts her at #25 on the Career Money List. It took her 16 events to win her first million. Since then, she's reached each subsequent million-dollar milestone in ≤ 10 events. It took her 10 events to go from $1M to $2M, 9 events from $2M to $3M, 10 events from $3M to $4M, only 7 events from $4M to $5M, 9 events from $5M to $6M, and only 4 events to go from $6M to $7M.
  • On 20 August 2016, became the youngest Olympic medal winner (silver) in women's golf in Rio. She also became New Zealand's youngest individual female medallist at the Olympics.
  • In 2016, Lydia became only the 3rd woman, after Lorena Ochoa and Yani Tseng, to hold the world No.1 ranking for all 52 weeks of the year.


Career money records[edit]

  • On 20 July 2014, became the youngest millionaire ever on the LPGA in her first full season as a pro when she won the Marathon Classic taking her accumulated prize earnings to over US$1 million at age 17 years, 2 months and 26 days. Ko reached the US$1 million mark in 16 events (5 months 25 days) second fastest behind the record holder Paula Creamer who achieved the US$1 million mark in 16 events (4 months 27 days).
  • On 23 November 2014, became the youngest and fastest player to surpass US$2 million in career earnings at age 17 years, 6 months and 30 days The previous record holder, Yani Tseng, accomplished this feat in 32 events. Ko reached the US$2 million mark in just 26 events – the most ever made by a rookie; over US$3 million if include bonus prize of US$1 million for winning the Race to the CME Globe 2014 (CME Globe bonus prize does not count on player's LPGA official earnings)
  • On 3 May 2015, became the youngest and fastest player to surpass US$3 million in career earnings at age 18 years and 9 days. The previous record holder, Yani Tseng, accomplished this feat in 53 events. Ko reached the US$3 million mark in just 35 events.
  • On 13 September 2015, became the youngest and fastest player to surpass US$4 million career earnings at age 18 years, 4 months and 20 days after winning her first major at the Evian Championship. The previous record holder, Yani Tseng, accomplished this feat in 65 events. Ko reached the US$4 million mark in just 45 events.
  • On 21 February 2016, became the youngest and fastest player to surpass US$5 million career earnings at age 18 years, 9 months and 28 days after finishing second in the Women's Australian Open. The previous record holder, Yani Tseng, accomplished this feat in 76 events. Ko reached the US$5 million mark in just 52 events.
  • On 12 June 2016, became the youngest and fastest player to surpass US$6 million career earnings at age 19 years, 1 month and 19 days after finishing second in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. The previous record holder, Yani Tseng, accomplished this feat in 84 events. Ko reached the US$6 million mark in just 61 events.
  • On 17 July 2016, became the youngest and fastest player to surpass US$7 million career earnings at age 19 years, 2 months and 23 days after winning the Marathon Classic, her 4th Tour title of the year. The previous record holder, Yani Tseng, accomplished this feat in 90 events. Ko reached the US$7 million mark in just 65 events.

See also[edit]

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Awards
Preceded by
Inbee Park
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
2 February 2015 – 14 June 2015
26 October 2015 – 11 June 2017
Succeeded by
Inbee Park
Succeeded by
Ariya Jutanugarn
Preceded by
Valerie Adams
New Zealand's Sportswoman of the Year
2013, 2014, 2015
Succeeded by
Lisa Carrington
Preceded by
Hamish Bond and Eric Murray
Halberg Awards – Supreme Award
2013
Succeeded by
Hamish Bond and Eric Murray
Preceded by
Jacko Gill
Halberg Awards – Emerging Talent Award
2012
Succeeded by
Gabrielle Fa'amausili