Ko becomes youngest LPGA Tour champion

15-year-old amateur enters record books with three-shot victory in Canada

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Sun, 26 Aug 2012

Ko becomes youngest LPGA Tour champion

Fifteen-year-old sensation Lydia Ko has become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history after blowing away seasoned campaigners for victory at the Canadian Women's Open.

The South Korea-born New Zealander closed with a round of 67 to prevail by three shots over recent Evian Masters champion Inbee Park on 13-under.

Ko, who breaks the age record of 16 set by Lexi Thompson in the Navistar LPGA Classic a year ago, also becomes one of four amateurs to win on the LPGA Tour and the first since JoAnne Carner in 1969.

“This means a lot,” said Ko, who won the US Women's Amateur two weeks ago in Cleveland.

“I came to Canada to make the cut and play my best and I won. I am going to get the trophy and this is just amazing.”

Ko won the New South Wales Open earlier in the year at the age of 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event - a mark broken by 14-year-old Brooke Henderson in June in a Canadian Women's Tour event in Quebec.

Starting the final round at The Vancouver Golf Club one shot clear, the 15-year-old surged away from the field on the inward nine with five birdies in six holes to finish at 13- under.

Canadian Women's Open Final Leaderboard

-13 L Ko (NZL)
-10 I Park (Kor)
-8 NY Choi, J Shin, C Choi (Kor)

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