Women's golf has a new queen: Lydia Ko. For the first time since 2017, the New Zealander returned to being number 1 in the world ranking after a golden 2022 that reached its climax last week when in Naples, Florida, she took it all.
By winning the CME Group Tour Championship, the last seasonal tournament of the LPGA Tour. But that's not all: the 25-year-old of South Korean origins (she was born in Seoul) was nominated 'Rolex Player of the year', as the best player on the top American women's circuit, also receiving the Vare Trophy (for the second consecutive year for the second time in his career) for the best scoring average (68.988).
As if that weren't enough, Ko won the Race to CME Globe, the FedEx Cup in pink. And now, she's the icing on the cake. With the New Zealand proette who ousted the American Nelly Korda from the throne. Ko reached the top of the world rankings for the first time in February 2015, at the age of 17 years, 9 months and 8 days, making her the youngest golfer to achieve this feat.
Then, she was number 1 for 85 weeks, from October 2015 to June 2017. And now she's recovered what she lost in the past five years.
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"I am proud and happy. All of this would not have been possible without the support of my family and my team.
My thanks go to them", satisfied Lydia Ko. Lydia Ko is a New Zealand golfer of South Korean descent. She became No. 1 in the world rankings on February 2, 2015 at the age of 17 years 9 months and 8 days, making her the youngest golfer, male or female, to reach the top ranking.
With her win of the Evian Championship on September 13, 2015 she also became the youngest female winner of a major competition, aged 18 years, 4 months and 20 days. In her career she boasts 14 titles on the LPGA Tour, two majors, a silver medal in the individual at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and a bronze, again in the individual, at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
She was born in Seoul, South Korea, in the early 2000s she moved with her family to New Zealand, where she obtained citizenship at the age of 12. She attended Mairangi Bay Primary and later Pinehurst School in the city of Albany.
Since 2015, she has been studying psychology as an online distance learning degree program at the Korea University in Seoul. She fell in love with the sport of golf at the age of 5 when her aunt Insook Hyon gave her a golf club, with which she began to play more and more often.