Ko becomes youngest millionaire on LPGA Tour with win

New Zealander, 17, wins fourth title on the LPGA Tour at Marathon Classic

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014

LYDIA KO won the Marathon Classic yesterday and became the youngest player ever to earn $1 million on the LPGA Tour, aged 17.

The New Zealander birdied the 18th for a one-stroke victory over Ryu So-Yeon, her fourth title on tour.

She went into the final round two shots off the lead but rose up the leaderboard with a bogey free round.

“I’ll probably see that going into my mom’s account,” she joked about the $210,000 she pocketed from winning.

"I hit the ball well and gave myself a lot of opportunities," Ko said.

"You have good chances when you get the ball on the green."

Ko won the CN Canadian Women’s Open in 2012 and defended it in 2013 before going on to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in April.

The South Korean-born sensation turned pro in October 2013 and went onto become the youngest ever winner of a professional golf tour event. She is currently No.2 in the world, behind Stacey Lewis.