Lydia Ko Becomes LPGA’s Youngest Millionaire

At just 17 years old, Lydia Ko is the youngest millionaire on the LPGA Tour, ever.

The New Zealander won the Marathon Classic in Ohio to become the youngest player to surpass $1 million in LPGA Tour career earnings.

Ko hit a wedge to 4 feet to set up a birdie on the final hole and won the Marathon Classic on Sunday by one stroke over So Yeon Ryu.

Ko closed with a 6-under-par 65 for a 15-under 269 total and earned $210,000. She has won four LPGA Tour events, two as an amateur.

Ko remains down to earth about the amount of money she has won and her main focus is still on the game.

“When they give you the check I go, ‘Oh, it’s $210,000.’ That’s big money, but when I’m out there I’m thinking about making birdies and hitting good shots and making putts rather than, ‘OK, this putt is going to give me an extra thousand,'” she told reporters.

As for her spending plans she said “I’m not going to spend $1 million and buy something like a diamond ring or whatever. Maybe I might get something electronic.”

Original story reported on The Seattle Times.


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