Lydia Ko Comes Through Again in Canada
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.”
Ko 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.
“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.”
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.