New Zealand’s Lydia Ko has made golf history becoming the youngest ever player to assume the title as the world’s number one ranked female golfer.
The LPGA Coates Golf Championship in Florida was won by Korean Na Yeon Choi, but her victory was somewhat overshadowed by the history-making ascension from Ko.
A tie for second place was enough for 17-year-old Ko to leapfrog Inbee Park and become the youngest female to ever hold the title as the world’s number one ranked golfer. And she only turned professional 15 months ago!
Ko played the tournament without her glasses – opting to play in contact lenses for the first time and it clearly didn’t affect her game.
“Today I was just trying to focus on hitting good shots and that’s all I can really do out there,” she said after the tournament.
“Obviously I didn’t win at the end of the day, but I still became world number one and that’s pretty awesome.”
The previous youngest woman to hold the world number one ranking was Jiyai Shin who was 22. Tiger Woods holds the men’s record – he was 21 when he became the world’s number one golfer for the first time.
Few golf experts ever doubted she would one day be ranked as the best in the world – but no one would have been bold enough to predict she would sit so comfortably in the professional world and top the rankings this quickly.
Ko will be playing the 2015 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne, February 19 – 22.