15-Year-Old Lydia Ko Wins Canadian Women's Open to Become Youngest LPGA Winner
15-year-old Lydia Ko cemented her victory at the Canadian Women’s Open Sunday, making her the youngest winner in LPGA tour history. The record had been previously held by Lexi Thompson, who was 16 when she won the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama last September, according to the Associated Press.
Ko’s three-stroke victory over Inbee Park made her just the fifth amateur champion in the history of the circuit. "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," Ko said. "The last few holes, it got a bit nerve-racking, 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. It was really awesome.”
This win follows victories for Ko at the New South Wales Open in January and the U.S. Women’s Amateur just two weeks ago. Still, Ko plans to focus on her education before pursuing a potential professional golf career. "I’ll still remain an amateur and then finish high school and then go to college," said Ko. "I mean this is a great win, but I don’t think this will affect me changing my routes to my career."
The glove Ko wore in the final round will be displayed in the World Golf Hall of Fame.