Teen queens of women's golf to duel at U.S. Women's Open

Wed Jul 6, 2016 5:10pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The teenagers at the top of women's golf, Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson, form a mutual admiration society and a burgeoning rivalry that will feature at the U.S. Women's Open starting on Thursday.

World number one Ko of New Zealand and second-ranked Canadian Henderson, one year younger at 18, have won the year's first two majors and tee off together in the first round of the Open at CordeValle in San Martin, California.

The Korean-born Ko won the Ana Inspiration in March and Henderson claimed her first major last month at the Women's PGA Championship.

Henderson followed up her major triumph by repeating as Portland Classic champion last week. Ko won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in her last tour start.

"Lydia Ko is amazing," Henderson told reporters when asked about the tour's youth movement. "She's an inspiration to all of us girls out here, and I think everyone in the world.

"She's done amazing things in her career and she's only a couple months older than I am. So I think everybody looks up

to her and thinks she's an inspiration. And we're just trying to kind of chase after her ... chase after our own dreams."

Ko, who won the 2012 Canadian Women's Open LPGA event at age 15 and last year at 17 became the youngest player ever to ascend to golf's world number one, is a fan of Henderson.

"To me, she's a really great player," Ko said about Henderson, a one-time aspiring ice hockey goalie. "We all know how amazing talent she has.   Continued...

Jun 12, 2016; Sammamish, WA, USA; Lydia Ko tees off on the third hole during the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club - South/North Course. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports