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Nowadays, Lydia Ko is one of the most
famous, proficient and skillful golfer in this world. Even if you are not interested
in golf, I assume that you have heard a person called “Lydia Co” in your life.
She became the number one ranked golfer in the world when she was 17 years old
in February 1st, 2015. She is the youngest who became the top of the
world.

 

She was born in April 24th,
1997, in South Korea, though, her nationality belongs to New Zealand, white. She
started playing golf from age of 5 years and moved to New Zealand when she was
6 years old with her family. she quickly became wonderful golfer and
surprisingly, when she was 8 years old, she participated a junior golf
tournament for under 19 years old. She made a wonderful effort in 2012, at New
Zealand and Australia open, she became the first female golfer who hold both
champion titles. At the Women’s Canadian Open in August, even though she was an
amateur golfer, she won the competition and become the youngest winner in this
competition. Also, in this year the won the US Amateur Championship. Because of
her effort that she made that year, she was presented as the number one ranked
amateur golfer in the world.

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In 2013, when she was 16, she won twice in
the LPGA tour and it is the first time ever to amateur to win this tour and
also won the Canadian Women’s Open when she was amateur as well. After that,
she became a professional golfer. To become a professional golfer, you have to
be more than 18 years old and must achieve the exam, however, in spite of the
age of 17 in 2013, she became a professional golfer. After becoming a
professional golfer, at the “2013 Swinging Skirt World Ladies Masters” in
Taiwan, it was a first win for her after becoming as a professional golfer. In
2014, when she was 17 years old, she was the first place in the “CME Group Tour
Championship” wining 1.5 million US dollars and was almost a double of money
total that she earnt in her carrier.

 

The following year, 2015, she won five
competitions and in February that year, she became the youngest number one in
the world ever including all the golfers. Although it was the first since
becoming a professional golfer, she became a third place in the ranking of the
earnings in the competition in the world. within a year, she earnt 2,089,033 US
dollars. There is almost no professional athlete who earnt more than two
million dollars in a year at the age of 17 including male. Therefore, I could
say that she completed great achievements. The biggest event in 2015 was Rio
Olympics. Golf was the one of an athletics event and she participated in the
competition. Unfortunately, she came in a close second so she could not get
gold medal, though she got silver medal. During the competition, she competed
with the Chinese golfer, Shanshan Feng, for second place however at the last
hole, she got excellent results, therefore, she could have won second place.
And in the third day of the Olympics, she had her first hole-in-one in her
carrier so she said, “nothing would make me happier”. Before the Olympics
starts, in her interview she mentioned that she is feeling nervous because
there are lots of eyes looking at her and feeling pressure wining and
representing New Zealand, but, she wanted to participate in the Olympics so she
was extremely excited about it. The result now, she got silver medal which made
New Zealand really proud of her so in consequence it was a fantastic game.