Lydia Ko, who is among the players to watch in the U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton starting Thursday, has an uncanny ability to surprise people. She has accomplished things on a golf course that no one else ever has.
The Korean-born New Zealand resident still is only 16. And it was not all that long ago that she was the youngest golfer, male or female, to win a professional event when she took the New South Wales Open on the Australian Tour at 14. Last year, at 15, she became the youngest to win on the LPGA Tour, capturing the CN Canadian Women’s Open after winning the U.S. Women’s Amateur.
She has since beaten the pros at the New Zealand Women’s Open, giving her three professional titles before she earned her driver’s license.