Tuesday, March 3

Lydia Ko Aiming for Third Straight Victory

THE WINS ARE STACKING UP for Lydia Ko. She won again this past weekend, hoisting the Patricia Bridges Bowl Trophy at the Women's New Zealand Open, her national championship. A week earlier Ko won the Women's Australian Open. Ko will try for her third consecutive win at this week's LPGA event in Singapore.

A Ladies European Tour (LET) event, the latest victory was Ko's 10th professional title. Her performance included a career-best 61 in the second round.

"[T]his is even better than I would ever have imagined," Ko said. "It's just great to have won the two Opens back to back."

Ko, 17, is setting a new standard in her sport. How old were other top golfers when they claimed their 10th professional victory? A sampling:

Jiyai Shin 19
Nancy Lopez 22
Jack Nicklaus 24
Tiger Woods 24
Rory McIlroy 24
Annika Sorenstam 25

The Ko victories chart from LPGA.com:

 2012 Bing Lee Samsung Women’s NSW Open ALPGA ((as an amateur)
 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open LPGA (as an amateur)
 2013 ISPS Handa New Sealand Women’s Open LET
 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open LPGA (as an amateur)
 2013 Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters KLPGA
 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic LPGA
 2014 Marathon Classic LPGA
 2014 CME Group Tour Championship LPGA
 2015 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open LPGA
 2015 ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open LET

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