Lydia Ko Becomes Youngest Player to Win LPGA MAjor
D-Bo , Sept. 14, 2015, 8:08 a.m.
Lydia Ko made the record books once again on Sunday when she became the youngest golfer in the history of the LPGA Tour to win a major title at the age of 18 years, four months and 20 days. This adds another "youngest" record to Ko's already impressive list of achievements that include the youngest LPGA Tour title winner at the age of 15 years, four months and two days, the youngest person to win over US$1 million in prize money at the age of 17 years, two months and 26 days and the youngest world No. 1 at the age of 17 years, nine months and eight days.
Until last month, Ko had eight career LPGA Tour titles but none of them were majors. Ko shot 16-under 268 at the season finale Evian Championship in France to achieve the feat. She was six strokes ahead of runner-up Lexi Thompson of the U.S. The previous record for the youngest winner of a major title was held by Morgan Pressel, who won the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2007 at the age of 18 years, 10 months and nine days.
By the time the next major championship is held, which is in April next year, Ko will have turned 19, so this was her last chance to break Pressel's record. Ko received US$487,500 in prize money for the win. Meanwhile, Park In-bee held on to her world No. 1 position, despite not fulfilling her dream of a "super career grand slam" by winning five major titles. Park had previously won the Evian Championship before it was made into a major. She came in eighth place this time with 5-under.