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Ko 'super excited' about pro debut, and playing for money

(Reuters) - New Zealand's 16-year-old prodigy Lydia Ko is "super excited" about making her professional debut next month in Florida, and expects the novel experience of competing for money to be on her mind for at least her first few events. Ko was given the green light on Monday to become a full member of the LPGA Tour from the start of the 2014 season after the governing body waived the 18-year-old age limit clause.

LPGA waives off age limit to grant teen Ko membership

(Reuters) - New Zealand's 16-year-old golfing prodigy Lydia Ko has been granted full membership to the LPGA Tour from the start of the 2014 season after the governing body waived the age limit clause, the tour said on Monday. Ko, who was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was six, was the youngest player to win a professional tournament when she clinched the New South Wales Open in Sydney aged 14.

Golf: 'Cool' Ko unfazed at pressure of turning pro

Teenage golfing prodigy Lydia Ko said Thursday that turning professional would put her under greater pressure, but it was a "cool" career step she felt ready to take. Amid warnings from pundits to avoid "sharks" lurking around the professional golf circuit, the 16-year-old New Zealander said the time was right to relinquish her amateur status, as most of her appearances were at pro events anyway. "Looking back to this year, I only played one amateur tournament... all of the others were pro tournaments," she said in a statement released via New Zealand Golf.

New Zealand teen asks LPGA to waive membership age limit

(Reuters) - New Zealand's 16-year-old golf prodigy Lydia Ko has decided to turn professional and has asked the LPGA Tour to waive its age limit for her to become a member, the tour said on Thursday. Ko, who was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was six, became the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour when she captured last year's Canadian Open at the age of 15.

Amateurs Fitzpatrick and Ko win Mark McCormack medals

(Reuters) - England's Matthew Fitzpatrick and New Zealander Lydia Ko have won the Mark H. McCormack Medals as the leading men's and women's amateur players based on the 2013 World Amateur Golf Ranking. Fitzpatrick capped an outstanding season by winning the silver medal at the British Open as top amateur, then became the first Englishman to clinch the U.S. Amateur Championship in 102 years at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts on Sunday.

Golf: Ko says no to turning pro: coach

New Zealand's teenage golfing sensation Lydia Ko will resist pressure to turn professional following an eye-catching performance at the Women's Australian Open, her coach said Monday. The 15-year-old, already the world's number one amateur and the youngest tournament winner in US LPGA history, came close to upsetting South Korea's Shin Ji-Yai before a poor final round saw her relegated to third.

Golf-Teen genius Ko to go pro in two years

Feb 17 (Reuters) - Teenage golfing sensation Lydia Ko says she will turn professional in a couple of years after the 15-year-old New Zealander finished third in the women's Australian Open on Sunday. "I've got a couple of years until I turn pro so I guess within that period hopefully I'll be able to get a little bit better," South Korean-born Ko told reporters at the Royal Canberra Golf Club. Ko hopes to improve her putting and the mental side of the game while still an amateur.

Golf-Ko becomes youngest winner of women's European Tour event

Feb 10 (Reuters) - Teenager Lydia Ko became the youngest winner of a women's European Tour golf event when she took victory at the New Zealand Women's Open in Christchurch on Sunday. The New Zealander cried with joy after winning her third professional title from 12 events at the age of 15 years, eight months and 17 days. "I didn't cry at the Canadian Open so I don't know why I cried here," Ko said. "I guess it meant more. It is our national open so to win means a lot."

Golf-Money can wait, says Kiwi schoolgirl sensation Ko

Jan 24 (Reuters) - New Zealand schoolgirl golfing sensation Lydia Ko, still at the tender age of 15, has said the financial rewards for her astonishing success can wait - for now. Ko opens the defence of her NSW Open title in Sydney this week, a victory which opened the floodgates on a record-breaking 2012 season. At 14 she became the youngest player, male or female, to win a professional tournament and after turning 15 the youngest ever winner on the LPGA Tour at the Canadian Open.
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