Lovely Kiwi Lydia Ko wins the lot at the CME Group Tour Championship, and the Race to the CME Globe, all in her rookie year on the LPGA.
Lydia won the CME Group Tour Championship, in a play-off, and the Race to the CME Globe competition here in Florida.
Lydia shot a final round -4 under par 68, for a -10 under par tournament total, a score she shared with Carlota Ciganda and Julieta Granada. She won everything with a par on the fourth extra hole, a story more amazing than Mary Poppins.
This is what she had to say afterwards;
“When I saw that $1 million in the box, I was like, ‘Wow, I wonder who the winner of that will be?’
“It’s amazing. I’ve never seen that much cash in one place before. This year has been awesome. Three wins, Rookie of the Year, it’s a huge honor for me to be here in this position.”
“I’m looking forward to what’s coming up next year.”
Lydia was the youngest player in the field at the CME Group Tour Championship, at just 17-years-old. She netted the largest payday in women’s golf history on Sunday, when she won the $1 million Race to the CME Globe and $500,000 CME Group Tour Championship, and all this before she even has her driver’s license.
Lydia has never missed a cut in her 42 LPGA starts, and was one of only three players on Tour in 2014 to record three wins. She now has five career victories, two of those came when playing as an amateur.
Lydia essentially rewrote all the age related LPGA records, becoming the youngest winner in Tour history, youngest Rolex Rookie of the Year ever and now the youngest to $2 million in career earnings.
Above everything else Lydia is a delight out on the golf course and is a great credit to New Zealand.