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Ko Is A "Go"

The last few months, there’s been no better story in women’s golf—perhaps all golf—than Lydia Ko, the 16-year-old amateur sensation from New Zealand. Last January, at 14, she became the youngest golfer to win a pro event (a record subsequently broken), then became the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA event, capturing last year’s CN Canadian Women’s Open at 15 years, 4 months. But she wasn’t done: This past summer, she repeated at the Canadian Open then finished second at the Evian Championship, two strokes behind Suzann Pettersen. Originally hinting that she’d turn pro next year, Ko has surprised the golf world yet again by announcing her plans in a charming video (click on the arrow in the box above). If you’re neither a Kiwi nor a rugby fan, you might not know that her playing partner in the video is Israel Dagg, a star on New Zealand’s famous All Blacks rugby team. And while their “match” might not be the best golf action you’ll seen this year, it presages an endearing, exciting star—and a potential powerhouse on the ladies’ tour.

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