Ko is youngest to win LPGA rookie award

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Ko is youngest to win LPGA rookie award



Lydia Ko has become the youngest player to win the LPGA Tour’s rookie of the year award.

The 17-year-old clinched the points-based award with three tournaments remaining on the LPGA Tour schedule. She already has two victories, two runner-up finishes and nine other finishes in the top 10.

“It’s really been a dream rookie season for me,” the official LPGA website cited Ko. “I learned so much and am glad to have achieved some of my goals along the way. It’s an honor to have my name now etched alongside such amazing players and legends of the game on the list of Rookie of the Year winners.”

Laura Baugh was 18 when she won the LPGA Tour rookie of the year in 1973.

Ko is No. 3 in the world ranking and No. 4 on the LPGA Tour money list with just over $1.5 million going into the Lorena Ochoa Invitational this week in Mexico.

She’s third in the Race to the CME Globe, which culminates next week in Florida with $1 million going to the winner.

Ko, of New Zealand, was born in Seoul.

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