IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE…with LYDIA KO
2014 CME Group Tour Championship
Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Florida
November 23, 2014
Birthplace/Hometown – South Korea/Auckland, New Zealand
Birthdate – April 24, 1997 – currently 17 years, 6 months, 30 days
Qualified for LPGA Tour – Granted Membership for the 2014 season by LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan
Turned Professional – October, 2013
- LPGA: Fifth-career victory; third as a member of the LPGA Tour Previous wins: 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open; 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open (both as an amateur); 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic; 2014 Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I
RACE TO THE CME GLOBE
- Earns 3500 points toward the Race to the CME Globe standings and will win the Race to the CME Globe with 7,500 points. She will take home the $1 million season-ending prize.
- With her victory, Lydia is projected to remain No. 3 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
- CAREER: With the $500,000 first-place check, Lydia is 119th on the LPGA Career Money List with $2,089,033. Lydia is the youngest player in LPGA Tour history to cross the $2 million mark (17 years, 6 months, 30 days
- SEASON: Lydia has earned $2,089,033 this season and passes Michelle Wie for the third spot on the LPGA Tour Official Money List
- Made her pro debut at the 2013 CME Group Titleholders and finished in a tie for 21st.
2014 IN A NUTSHELL
- 26 events, 26 cuts made, 3 victories, 12 additional top-10 finishes
- 12 events, 12 cuts made, 1 victory, 5 additional top-10 finishes
- Earned her second-career victory when she defended her title at the CN Canadian Women’s Open
- Becomes the sixth player this season to record at least two victories joining: Jessica Korda (Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic & Airbus LPGA Classic), Anna Nordqvist (Honda LPGA Thailand & Kia Classic), Karrie Webb (ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open & JTBC Founders Cup), Stacy Lewis (North Texas LPGA Shootout, ShopRite LPGA Classic, NW Arkansas Championship), Michelle Wie (LOTTE LPGA Championship & U.S. Women’s Open)
- Became the youngest winner in Ladies European Tour (LET) history on February 10, 2013 at the 54-hole ISPS Handa Women’s New Zealand Open.
- Became the youngest winner in LPGA history on August 19, 2012 at the 72-hole CN Canadian Women’s Open at the age of 15 years, 4 months and 2 days.
- Was the fifth amateur winner in LPGA history and first since 1967; became the first amateur to win twice