Monday, October 26

Phenom Lydia Ko Grabs 10th Tour Victory

I AND OTHERS ARE PROBABLY running out of superlatives to describe the golf career of 18-year-old Lydia Ko. The New Zealand native and LPGA superstar collected her fifth title of the season and 10th career victory on Sunday at the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship.

Lydia Ko (LPGA)
Ko shot four rounds in the 60s, including a final-round 65, her best 18 of the tournament. She won by four shots. As reported, Ko leads the tour in every major statistical category.

Ko also took over the top spot in the world (Rolex Rankings), trading spots with Inbee Park, aka "Queen Bee," who has been a dominant player on the ladies circuit.

"I think she's nicer than me, first of all," Ko said when asked about the potential for smack talk between her and Park, "and she's never going to give me any crap or talk behind my back."

These gals are good, and nice, too. Following are the youngest players to reach 10 tour victories (via LPGA Communications).

Lydia Ko – 18 years, 6 months, and 1 day, 2015 Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship
Nancy Lopez – 22 years, 2 months, 5 days, 1979 Sunstar Classic
Yani Tseng – 22 years, 6 months, 8 days, 2011 RICOH Women’s British Open
Marlene Hagge – 22 years, 6 months, 10 days, 1956 Denver Open

Horton Smith – 21 years, 7 months (men’s record)
Tiger Woods – 23 years, 6 months, 4 days
Jack Nicklaus – 24 years, 3 months, 12 days
Rory McIlroy – 25 years, 11 months, 29 days
Annika Sorenstam – 26 years, 7 months, 23 days

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