Lydia Ko on TIME’s Most Influential Teen List
Auckland professional golfer Lydia Ko, 18, has once again made TIME’s annual “30 Most Influential Teens” list.
At the age of 17, this New Zealander became the youngest golfer to be ranked number one in the world, breaking Tiger Woods’ record. And with back-to-back birdies on the final holes at September’s Evian Championship, she grabbed another record as the youngest winner of a women’s major event – her first. She then went on to regain her number one ranking – she held the top spot for 19 weeks earlier in the year – in the world with a victory at the LPGA Taiwan Championship in October. Her goal for 2016 is to play in Rio when golf returns to the Olympics: “There’s no greater honour than playing for your country,” she said.” But Ko still makes time to be a teen, regularly posting videos of bejewelled golf balls markers and Dubsmash videos to her SnapChat and Instagram channels.
Original article by Ashley Ross, TIME, October 27, 2015.