18-Year-Old Lydia Ko Wins LPGA's Canadian Open
By Devin Tomb
Lydia Ko definitely did not have a case of the Sunday Blues yesterday. Instead, the New Zealand golfer won the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, beating former world-ranking No. 1 player Stacy Lewis with a par on the first hole on the playoff.
Needless to say, it was a close game. After Lewis missed a 9-foot par attempt, Ko sealed the deal with a 2 1/2-foot putt.
Ko told reporters what she was thinking at the time: "I said, 'Hey, you've just got to concentrate on your game, just one shot a time,' and that's what I tried to do," she said. (And don't you think that's a solid Monday mantra for us all — one shot at a time?)
This is Ko's third time winning the Canadian Open. Her first win at the Vancouver Golf Club, where the Canadian Open is played, was in 2012. At 15 years old, she became the LPGA Tour's youngest winner and fifth amateur champion. It's also Ko's eighth win as a member of the LPGA (that stands for Ladies Professional Golf Association, if you were wondering), and her 12th professional victory — a number that is close to out pacing her own age, at just 18 years old.
The New Zealander will take home $337,500 for this first place win.
Ko is now the No. 2 ranked female pro golfer in the world, behind South Korea's Inbee Park, who is 27.
More fun facts: She's only 5'5", and she has a fabulous Twitter account. Even last night, she wasn't too busy to send out a little love and thanks to her fans:
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