Number one Ko patient about taking first major prize

Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:19pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

RYE, New York (Reuters) - Lydia Ko is surprised that she is still the number one player in the women's game, but the 18-year-old from New Zealand has been shocking the golf world for years.

"When they said you're going to be world number one, I said, this could be like a one-week deal and I'm back down again," Ko told reporters on the eve of the Women's PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club, the second major of the season.

Nearly 20 weeks on, seven-time LPGA winner Ko remains top of the hill.

"It's pretty amazing that I'm still world number one right now," said the likeable teenager, who moved at age seven with her family from South Korea to New Zealand.

The amazing Ko was 17 in February when she vaulted into the top spot as the youngest golfer of any gender to assume the number one ranking.

She was 12 when she made the cut in her first professional tournament. At 14, she became the youngest winner of a pro event at the 2012 NSW Open in Australia.

At age 15, Ko became the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour with a victory at the 2012 Canadian Open.

All that is missing from her remarkable resume is a major championship, but Ko said she is in no hurry about it.   Continued...

Apr 3, 2015; Rancho Mirage, CA, USA; Lydia Ko tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills CC - Dinah Shore Tournament Course. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports