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Teen Sensation Lydia Ko Holds Off Turning Pro

Kiwi golfing phenomenon Lydia Ko continued an incredible 12 months with a creditable third at the prestigious ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open in Canberra. The field is arguably one of the better assembled in women’s golf and featured the world number one, three, six and eight and the likes of Karrie Webb.

Ko hit the headlines in January last year when, aged 14, she held the record for the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event at the Bing Lee Samsung Women's NSW Open. Just eight months later she became the youngest person to ever win an LPGA Tour event when the 15 year old triumphed at the Canadian Women’s Open. And less than a fortnight ago Ko continued her assault on the record books by becoming the youngest winner of a Ladies’ European Tour event, the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open. She is also the first home winner of the event.

Ko would have earned more than half a million dollars if she had given up her amateur status 55 weeks ago. However the South Korean born golf star claims she is no rush to cash in on the sponsorship deals she will undoubtedly attract when she turns professional telling reporters at Royal Canberra Golf Club, ‘I've got a couple of years until I turn pro so I guess within that period hopefully I'll be able to get a little bit better’.