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Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko is a New Zealand professional golfer. Born Bo-Gyung Ko in Seoul, South Korea, she had been the top-ranked woman amateur golfer in the world for 130 weeks when she announced she was turning professional on 23 October 2013. She became the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event and youngest person ever to win an LPGA Tour event. In August 2013, she became the only amateur to win two LPGA Tour events. As an amateur she never missed a cut in 25 professional tournaments, and by September 2013 had risen to fifth in the Womens World Golf Rankings in only 23 professional tournaments. She began playing golf as a five-year-old when her mother took her into a pro shop at the Pupuke Golf Club on AucklandsNorth Shore owned by professional Guy Wilson who continued as her coach until 22 December 2013. In April 2014, Ko was named as one of Time Magazines 100 Most Influential People. In the article, eight-time LPGA Tour Player of the Year, Annika Sörenstam, said Ko is "exceptionally talented, mature beyond her years and well liked by golf fans and competitors alike. She is responsible for sparking increased interest in our sport not just in her native South Korea and adopted homeland of New Zealand but also among juniors across the globe." The same month she advanced to No 2 woman professional golfer in the world when she won the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

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