And exactly what were you doing when you were 15? Most likely, you were in high school wondering about which classes were on your schedule. Wondering about about the Friday night football game and who you would run around with at the game. Wondering about the certain individual in which you had developed a crush.
Well, Lydia Ko might have some of those “typical” thoughts of a 15-year-old, but she exhibited a golf game that certainly did not remind anyone of one that age. Ko now holds the distinction of being the LPGA’s youngest winner at the age of 15 years, 4 months and 2 days. The previous record, set just last year by Lexi Thompson at the Navistar LPGA Classic was 16 years, 7 months and 8 days.
Heading into today’s final round, Ko held a slim one-shot lead over Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Chella Choi and Jiyai Shin. Formidable group right on her heels. That did not deter Ko from her record breaking performance. No one could catch the young lady from New Zealand. Just wasn’t going to happen as Ko carded a final round 67 (7 birdies and 2 bogeys) on her way to a total of 275, 13-under-par. She would add a couple of strokes to her winning margin of three.
What makes Ko’s win even more impressive is that she led wire-to-wire. There was the possibility that Ko would falter as she and Chella Choi were tied as the made the turn, but Ko responded with birdies on four consecutive holes (10th, 11th, 12th and 13th) to put distance on the rest of the field.
Did I mention that Ko is 15-years-old? Seriously? Seriously…
With her victory, Ko also becomes the first amateur to hoist a winner’s trophy since JoAnne Carner pulled off the feat at the Burdine’s Invitational in 1969.
Ko adds this week’s win to her win on the Australian LPGA victory (ALPG) at the Bing Lee Samsung Women’s NSW Open held in January. Ko had yet to turn 15 upon that win.
Impressed yet? You should be.