Lydia Ko became golfs youngest world number one at 17
Lydia Ko became golf’s youngest world number one at the age of 17
New Zealander Lydia Ko becomes the youngest world number one in golf history by reaching the top of the women’s rankings at age 17 and working to hold onto it.
Ko secured the number one ranking by finishing in a tie for second at the LPGA Coates Championship in Florida. That means she eclipses Tiger Woods, who was 21 when he became men’s world number one in 1997.
Ko became the youngest winner of an LPGA Tour event with a victory in the Canadian Women’s Open in August 2012 at the age of 15. She turned professional in October 2013 and has won five times on the LPGA Tour and once on the European Tour.
Lydia Ko almost lost her number one world ranking just one week after she secured the position in a tense finish at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.
The 17-year-old needed to finish within a few places of world number two Inbee Park to retain the number one spot and it wasn’t looking good for Ko midway through the final round but she pulled it off.
Ko did finish really strong however with four birdies and a bogey to card 11-under for the tournament in a share of seventh place. Inbee Park was leading during the fourth round but dropped two bogeys before a birdie on the final hole to finish a shot ahead of Ko at 12-under.
It was enough though for Ko, who became the youngest ever world number one just one week before.
Now Lydia Ko will be heading to play in Melbourne before heading to Clearwater to compete in the New Zealand Women’s Open in Christchurch from February 27-March 1.