Lydia Ko, 15, wins in Canada
Lydia Ko made more history — and she made it clear that she will not rush into a professional golf career.
At only 15-years old Lydia Ko is used to getting questions about her future, and she has been handling it great. She really started getting serious questions after the Canadian Women’s Open where she became the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history. On top of that she also became the fifth amateur champion.
“I’ll still remain an amateur and then finish high school and then go to college,” said Ko. She has mentioned going to Stanford. “I mean this is a great win, but I don’t think this will affect me changing my roots to my career”, is what she had to say after the big win.
“To break another record, or being in the history, it’s amazing, and it’s always awesome to be able to play with the pros,” said Ko, who has become the top-ranked female amateur in the world. “The last few holes, it got a bit nerve wracking, but Stacy Lewis, after my birdie on 15, she said, ‘You know you can do it.’ It was really great to have another player that I look up to giving me that much support. So it was really awesome.”
Ko finished at 13-under 275 at The Vancouver Golf Club, pulling away with birdies on five of the first six holes on the back nine. She opened with consecutive 68s and shot a 72 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.
Canadian Women’s Open Leaderboard
1. Ko (-13)
2. I. Park (-10)
T-3. N. Choi (-8)
T-3. Shin (-8)
T-3. C. Choi (-8)
The glove Ko wore in the final round will be displayed in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
“To have something that’s mine to be up there, it’s amazing, and it doesn’t come down or anything,” she said. “So it will always remain there, and it’ll be a good memory. It’s been an awesome week.”
Ko was headed to her native South Korea on Monday, and will return to the tour next month for the Women’s Open Championship.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.