Report: Ko To Go Pro
By Torleif Sorenson on 10/10/13
When the world's number one amateur golfer, Lydia Ko, completes in the LPGA's CME Group Titleholders tournament next month at Tiburón Golf Club in Florida, she will do so as a professional.
Golf Channel's Randall Mell has reported that Ko's mom, Tina Hyon, said that the family has officially filed a petition with the LPGA asking for a waiver of their minimum 18-years-of-age rule. Ko turns 17 years old on April 24.
If any under-age-18 amateur golfer deserves an exemption on the LPGA circuit, it is Lydia Ko. She has already won five times as an amateur, including the LPGA's Canadian Women's Open twice — last year and this year. For good measure, she finished solo-2nd to Suzann Pettersen and low amateur at the Evian Championship last month.
The only deviation to this plan is that Ko could turn professional a week early if she is invited to participate in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, which will be played November 14-17 at Guadalajara Country Club in Mexico. Given her well-beyond-proven game and star power, it seems inconceivable that Ochoa would not invite Ko to play.
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