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Aug 26

Lydia Ko Tops Canadian Open

Lydia Ko Comes Through Again in Canada

Lydia Ko Lydia Ko made a triumphant return to Canada. The 16-year old amateur successfully defended her title at the CN Canadian Women’s Open on Sunday. She charged past third-round leader Caroline Hedwall, finishing with a 6-under par 64 and completing 72 holes Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton at 15-under par 265.

“I’m pretty surprised, but I played some really good golf out there, so I was really happy about that,” Ko said. “My goal today was to shoot five under and just play my own game.”
Winter Flight Deals - WINTER15Ko is the first amateur player in history to win two LPGA Tour events. She’s also the second youngest player to win an official LPGA event. The youngest was Ko herself in last year’s CN Canadian Women’s Open.

European Solheim Cupper Karine Icher, who is still seeking her first LPGA win, finished second at 270 and it was Icher who pocketed the first-place check worth $300,000. Hedwall and Brittany Lincicome shared third place at 271

Ko, who has now won four professional tournaments, has played in 14 LPGA tournaments over the past two seasons and made 14 cuts. She won’t celebrate her 18th birthday until April of 2015 and isn’t eligible for LPGA membership until then. She could petition LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan for an exemption but seems in no rush to relinquish her amateur status.
TGW.com - The Golf Warehouse“I’ve got some people above me like my mom and dad, they’re the boss,” she said.  They’re going to help me to make the right decision and to turn pro at what time.  I think as I’m only 16 still, it’s quite hard to make huge decisions.  When I turn pro it’s like a job.  Money is all about it and everything like that, every shot counts.”
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Ko wasn’t the only teenager to have a good week in Canada. Seventeen-year old Charley Hull, coming off a strong performance in the Solheim Cup tied for 17th place.

It was a good week for Solheim Cup players in general. Nine Solheim Cuppers, five Europeans and four Americans, finished in the top 12.

 

 

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Rick Woelfel

Rick spent more than 15 years in broadcasting before going into print journalism; covering a wide variety of sports during his career but derives his greatest satisfaction from writing about golf and golf history.
He first covered the LPGA Tour in 1986 while still in broadcasting, and has been covering golf ever since, at both the amateur and professional levels.
Rick was a staff writer for Philadelphia Golfer from 1996-2003 and served as the associate editor of Philadelphia Golf Magazine and New Jersey State Golf from 2004-2007.
Since 2007 he has edited and published Women’s Golf Report, an e-zine devoted to women’s golf, while also writing for other golf outlets. He is also a correspondent for two Philadelphia-area daily newspapers and a contributor to Referee, a periodical devoted to sports officiating.