Lydia Ko

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Named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People by the age of 17, professional golfer Lydia Ko has affected more than just the golf industry with her immense talent. Currently ranked number two on the LPGA Tour, Ko is clearly experienced beyond her years when it comes to golfing. Even before her success in the professional realm, Ko was breaking records as an amateur in the sport. After winning the Bing Lee/Samsung Women’s NSW Open on the ALPG tour in 2012, Ko became the youngest person to ever win a professional golf tour event at the age of 14. Although Brooke Henderson later broke her record, Ko continued to make waves in the industry when she became the youngest golfer to ever win an LPGA Tour event in August of 2012 at the CN Canadian Women’s Open. She was also only one of five amateurs to ever win an LPGA Tour, particularly in the last 43 years. A consistent athlete, Ko again won the CN Canadian Women’s Open in 2013, making her the only amateur to ever win two LPGA Tour events.

As a top-ranked female amateur player for 130 weeks with an incredibly strong amateur career as a foundation, Ko turned professional in 2013. Although she only placed 21st in her professional debut at the 2013 CME Group Titleholders in Florida, Ko was granted membership into the LPGA Tour the same year despite its age requirement of being at least 18-years-old. Ko finally earned her first LPGA Tour win in 2014 in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, during which time she also celebrated her 17th birthday.

Credited with popularizing the sport of golf in her native homeland of South Korea, as well as in her current residency of New Zealand, Ko is an inspirational sports speaker to aspiring female golfers around the globe.