Lydia Ko sets a money milestone, the latest of her amazing achievements
She got lost a little bit in the all the hoopla over Rory McIlroy's victory in the Open Championship, but Lydia Ko enjoyed quite a memorable day on Sunday as well.
The 17-year-old earned her fourth LPGA Tour victory, winning the Marathon Classic – long known as the Jamie Farr – by making a birdie on the last hole to win by a shot. And I have to say, my favorite part of her victory was the tweet below showing her plopping down in the grass to sketch out her victory speech.
Here are some facts and figures from her big day, as assembled by the LPGA Tour:
--She becomes the youngest player in LPGA Tour history to cross the $1 million mark in career earnings at 17 years, 2 months, 26 days. The previous record holder was Lexi Thompson, who got to $1 million last year at 18 years, 7 months, 5 days.
--She now has earned $1,061,019 this season, and is now third on the money list. She's already 194th on the LPGA career money list – remember, she only turned pro last fall, and this is her first season playing for money.
--She's also No. 2 in the women's world rankings behind No. 1 Stacy Lewis, and is No. 3 in the Race to the CME Globe standings behind only Lewis and No. 2 Michelle Wie.
--So far this season, she has made the cut in all 15 events she's played, with two victories, five additional top-5 finishes and six additional top-10 finishes. And that's on top of her 2013 LPGA Tour season when, as an amateur, she was 12-for-12 in cuts made with a win and five additional top-10 finishes.
Not bad for a high-school-age kid who swears she gets nervous over every shot.
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