This woman just smashed one of the world's greatest sporting records.

I’d like you to meet Lydia Ko.

This 17-year-old girl from New Zealand has just become the youngest golf player to be number one in the world.

Watsup. Image via @lydsko Instagram.

Think about what you were doing when you were 17 – studying, flirting, trying to figure out how to get rid of your teenage acne…probably not making it to number one in the world for a major international sport.

But for Lydia – she became the youngest golfer to grab the top spot last week. Tiger Woods had claimed the title in 1997 when he was 21 but Lydia has beaten him by four whole years (that’s a lot of practice hours).

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The Korean born Kiwi became the record holder after tying for second place (by one shot) at the LPGA season-opening Coates Golf Championship in Florida on Saturday.

And although Lydia has just been given the number one title she seems to be most excited about the fact that fellow Kiwi, (and chart topper) Lorde tweeted her a congratulations.

“She was Billboard No.1 with her song Royals and I’m a huge fan of her music,” Lydia told SBS. “She sent me a tweet and she’s like, ‘congratulations, very proud…I was like, ‘oh my God.’ For somebody of that status to give me a tweet like was pretty awesome.”

The 17-year-old who is ranked number one in the Rolex World rankings has already won six golfing tournaments and received $1.5 million for the CME Group Tour Championship and Race to the CME Globe.

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Lydia is playing in the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic this week, and is trying to stay level-headed. Her aim is to play the game as if she were any other player. But with her new title there is a lot more pressure on the teen.


“Yeah, it’s obviously a huge honour to be in that ranking position but, I’m trying to just go with it, just concentrate on my game,” she told USA Today. “I mean, I’m very proud to be in that position, but at the same time I’m trying to just kind of block it out and just be like another golfer, being on the course and just enjoying my time out here,” she said.

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While she tries not to let the title waiver her concentration, Lydia says that the biggest challenge for her is actually her new contacts (replacing her glasses).

Lydia as the champion that she is. Image vis @lydsko Instagram.

“Just visually, everything to me looks a little larger,” she told SBS.

We take our hat off to the number one in the world – who just wants to be like any other player out there. Except Lydia you’re not – you’re the best – so celebrate it.

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And in other sporting news from the week…

– Fox Sports will broadcast the Women’s Sevens Rugby final in Brazil next week. The station will be broadcasting LIVE from Sao Paulo, starting from 5am (EST) Monday February 9th. This is a major boost for Women’s sport in Australia. Good luck to the women playing – we’ll be cheering you on.

– Australian basket-baller, Rebecca Allen has been signed up to the WNBA. The 22-year-old was picked up by New York Liberty with a guaranteed spot for the upcoming season. She will be mentored by WNBA great Swin Cash and will jump straight in to an on-court role. Congratulations Rebecca.

– The Jillaroos won their first game last weekend on Sunday with a late try against the Kiwi Ferns. They beat the New Zealand team 8-7 in the final minute of the third game in the series. After they lost game 2 of the series, Australia came in to the third game strong and took out the final for a series win. Well done girls.

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