T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Watch: Lydia Ko turns professional in fantastic video
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | 9:16 a.m.
We recently brought you the story of 16-year-old New Zealand golf star Lydia Ko, whose jump to the professional ranks was imminent.
On Tuesday, Ko made the leap official in a fantastic, fun video posted to YouTube. You can watch it here:
It's seriously worth a few minutes of your time. In the video, Ko is playing a round of golf with her good friend Israel "Izzy" Dagg, a player for New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team.
Izzy nags Ko, asking if she's ready to turn pro yet and insists he wants to be the first to know.
Throughout the video, Ko hits a number of trick shots -- one from a fried egg lie in a bunker, a flop shot over a golf cart and more. After each of these shots, Izzy asks, "Are you ready now?"
Near the end of the video, Izzy says, "If you can handle the pressure of beating me, you must be ready to turn pro."
Ko innocently responds, "OK. I'll do it."
"Do what?" Izzy asks.
"I'll turn pro," Ko says.
"Like right now?" Izzy asks.
"Yeah," Ko replies. "Like right now, this second. I'll turn pro."
The video was almost as creative as Ko's incredible shot-making ability.
It looks like Ko's first start as a professional will be in Florida next month in the LPGA's season-ending CME Group Titleholders.
Remember -- Ko is already a two-time winner as an amateur on the LPGA. She won the CN Canadian Women's Open in 2012 at age 15 to became the LPGA's youngest winner, then successfully defended that title this past August.
Here's to wishing Ko a great career. If it's as good as this "I'm going to turn pro" video, something tells us she'll do just fine.
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