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Lydia Ko, Hailed as LPGA’s Youngest Winner

Lydia Ko, Hailed as LPGA’s Youngest Winner

Scoring at five-under 67 and three strokes ahead, Lydia Ko bagged the recent Canadian Women’s Open title and became the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour’s youngest winner at the age of 15.

The victory is Ko’s second and makes her the youngest winning golfer in a professional tournament breaking the records of Lexi Thompson from USA and Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa. The two won their firsts at ages 16 and 15 years and 8 months, respectively.

Ko’s record-breaking win is a very important turn in the history of women’s golf in her homeland, New Zealand. “No New Zealand woman has ever won on the LPGA tour before and in terms of significant golfing achievements, this is probably the most significant by a New Zealand female golfer,” according to Dean Murphy, New Zealand’s Golf Chief Executive.

“It’s not unexpected but she does just dazzle us every time she plays. To win on the LPGA Tour, against a quality field, is just a stunning achievement. We are so delighted,” Murphy said and added that an ongoing conference for golf club managers in New Zealand was interrupted as they kept monitoring Ko’s performance over the Internet. He also said that her victory will give a huge boost for golf in the country.

“This should be an enormous story. It should do wonders for golf for the profile, and to encourage young girls into golf. They have seen what Lydia has done and [to think that] any Kiwi girl can do that is inspiring. But this is a very big deal for us and should do wonders for the profile of golf.” Murphy said.

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