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.
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).
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.
She has so much style and poise. (Post continues after the gallery)…
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.