Lydia K.O.’s The Field At 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open; Becomes Youngest Ever LPGA Winner

Lydia Ko, 2012 CN Canadian Open (click to enlarge)

Lydia Ko has been here before. In January 2012, as a 14 year old, she became the youngest winner of a professional event at the Women’s New South Wales Open. Since then, that record of being the youngest professional winner has been eclipsed. So what would Lydia do to top what she did on the Australian tour? She stared down an elite LPGA field at the CN Canadian Women’s Open and left them all fighting for 2nd place on the back 9 on Sunday. The precocious Kiwi, born in South Korea and moving to New Zealand at the age of 6, became the youngest winner ever on the LPGA, taking the title in Canada at only 15 years old. She’s also the first amateur to win on the LPGA since JoAnne Carner in 1969.

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Not only did Lydia show her great talent, but also poise that belied her years. If the field was waiting for the pressure, the enormity of the moment and the weight of history, to make Lydia’s drives go errant and putts lip out on the back 9, it wasn’t to be. Instead, on the Sunday back 9, where championships are won and lost, Ko separated herself from the field with birdies on four straight holes (10, 11, 12, 13) and another birdie on 15 for 5 birdies in 6 holes. It was a sensational performance that left a breathless audience wanting to see more. Well, we might see more of Lydia, but not nearly as much as we would like. She will remain an amateur despite missing out on the $300,000 winner’s check here. She says she wants to go to Stanford and possibly play college golf. I think she should turn pro at 18. With millions in the bank if she wins as a pro, she can go to college whenever she wants. And she can do both simultaneously, save for playing college golf.

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LYDIA KO

CHELLA CHOI

JIYAI SHIN

STACY LEWIS

ANNA NORDQVIST

INBEE PARK

SYDNEE MICHAELS

VICKY HURST and NA YEON CHOI

 

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Thru Total Strokes
1 Lydia Ko 68 68 72 67 -5 F -13 275
2 Inbee Park 68 71 70 69 -3 F -10 278
T3 Na Yeon Choi 67 72 73 68 -4 F -8 280
T3 Chella Choi 72 64 73 71 -1 F -8 280
T3 Jiyai Shin 70 70 69 71 -1 F -8 280
T6 Anna Nordqvist 74 70 68 69 -3 F -7 281
T6 Stacy Lewis 72 71 66 72 E F -7 281
8 Haeji Kang 72 71 72 67 -5 F -6 282
T9 Jane Rah 71 71 72 69 -3 F -5 283
T9 Vicky Hurst 70 70 72 71 -1 F -5 283
T11 Gerina Piller 73 74 70 67 -5 F -4 284
T11 Azahara Munoz 73 71 71 69 -3 F -4 284
T11 Catriona Matthew 74 72 67 71 -1 F -4 284
T11 Moira Dunn 69 70 72 73 +1 F -4 284
T15 Mika Miyazato 71 71 73 70 -2 F -3 285
T15 Dewi Claire Schreefel 72 71 72 70 -2 F -3 285
T15 Jessica Korda 72 71 71 71 -1 F -3 285
T15 Suzann Pettersen 71 69 73 72 E F -3 285
T15 Taylor Coutu 71 70 71 73 +1 F -3 285
T15 Mina Harigae 73 70 69 73 +1 F -3 285
T15 Sydnee Michaels 70 72 69 74 +2 F -3 285
T22 Paige Mackenzie 70 76 71 69 -3 F -2 286
T22 Stacy Prammanasudh 72 73 72 69 -3 F -2 286
T22 Ilhee Lee 73 73 72 68 -4 F -2 286
T22 Mo Martin 74 71 73 68 -4 F -2 286
T26 Katherine Hull 73 71 72 71 -1 F -1 287
T26 Meena Lee 72 74 72 69 -3 F -1 287
T26 Amy Yang 70 76 70 71 -1 F -1 287
T26 Karrie Webb 71 73 71 72 E F -1 287
T26 Hee-Won Han 73 73 69 72 E F -1 287
T26 Angela Stanford 69 70 74 74 +2 F -1 287
T32 Belen Mozo 71 72 76 69 -3 F E 288
T32 Lizette Salas 73 74 74 67 -5 F E 288
T32 Jenny Shin 71 70 72 75 +3 F E 288
T35 Nicole Castrale 72 72 73 72 E F +1 289
T35 Hee Young Park 73 69 75 72 E F +1 289
T35 Brittany Lang 71 70 76 72 E F +1 289
T35 Sun Young Yoo 72 74 71 72 E F +1 289
T35 Laura Diaz 71 71 76 71 -1 F +1 289
T35 Yani Tseng 66 75 74 74 +2 F +1 289
T41 Cindy LaCrosse 72 73 72 73 +1 F +2 290
T41 So Yeon Park 74 71 72 73 +1 F +2 290
T41 Jessica Shepley 73 74 70 73 +1 F +2 290
T41 Mariajo Uribe 72 71 76 71 -1 F +2 290
T41 Sandra Gal 75 72 73 70 -2 F +2 290
T41 Cristie Kerr 71 75 68 76 +4 F +2 290
T47 Hee Kyung Seo 75 71 72 73 +1 F +3 291
T47 Natalie Gulbis 74 72 73 72 E F +3 291
T47 Julieta Granada 72 73 69 77 +5 F +3 291
T50 Eun-Hee Ji 70 77 70 75 +3 F +4 292
T50 Jane Park 72 73 71 76 +4 F +4 292
T50 Jennifer Rosales 77 70 73 72 E F +4 292
T50 Jennie Lee 73 74 73 72 E F +4 292
T50 Katie Futcher 73 73 75 71 -1 F +4 292
T55 Sophie Gustafson 72 74 71 76 +4 F +5 293
T55 Janice Moodie 71 76 73 73 +1 F +5 293
T55 Shanshan Feng 75 72 75 71 -1 F +5 293
T55 Irene Cho 74 73 76 70 -2 F +5 293
T55 Hannah Yun 71 76 76 70 -2 F +5 293
T60 Jodi Ewart 73 73 72 76 +4 F +6 294
T60 Marcy Hart 75 70 73 76 +4 F +6 294
T60 Alison Walshe 72 75 72 75 +3 F +6 294
T60 Jee Young Lee 69 76 74 75 +3 F +6 294
T60 Brittany Lincicome 72 73 70 79 +7 F +6 294
T60 Paula Creamer 74 72 75 73 +1 F +6 294
T60 Christine Song 70 73 79 72 E F +6 294
T60 Beatriz Recari 74 73 78 69 -3 F +6 294
68 Numa Gulyanamitta 76 71 73 76 +4 F +8 296
69 Maria Hernandez 73 73 77 74 +2 F +9 297
T70 Becky Morgan 71 73 77 77 +5 F +10 298
T70 Lisa Ferrero 73 72 79 74 +2 F +10 298
72 Kristy McPherson 77 70 74 78 +6 F +11 299
T73 Amanda Blumenherst 74 73 74 79 +7 F +12 300
T73 Cydney Clanton 72 72 78 78 +6 F +12 300
T73 Christel Boeljon 73 74 78 75 +3 F +12 300
T73 Sarah Jane Smith 74 73 78 75 +3 F +12 300
WD Kris Tamulis WD WD WD WD WD WD WD
T77 Lorie Kane 72 76 MC MC 148
T77 I.K. Kim 73 75 MC MC 148
T77 Mindy Kim 69 79 MC MC 148
T77 Stephanie Louden 73 75 MC MC 148
T77 Ji Young Oh 74 74 MC MC 148
T77 So Yeon Ryu 73 75 MC MC 148
T77 Jennifer Song 73 75 MC MC 148
T77 Lexi Thompson 73 75 MC MC 148
T77 Lindsey Wright 74 74 MC MC 148
T86 Laura Davies 75 74 MC MC 149
T86 Maria Hjorth 73 76 MC MC 149
T86 Karine Icher 73 76 MC MC 149
T86 Jennifer Johnson 72 77 MC MC 149
T86 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 75 74 MC MC 149
T86 Amelia Lewis 73 76 MC MC 149
T86 Leta Lindley 74 75 MC MC 149
T86 Na On Min 74 75 MC MC 149
T86 Ryann O’Toole 80 69 MC MC 149
T86 Samantha Richdale 77 72 MC MC 149
T86 Giulia Sergas 72 77 MC MC 149
T86 Karen Stupples 71 78 MC MC 149
T86 Maiya Tanaka 72 77 MC MC 149
T86 Momoko Ueda 73 76 MC MC 149
T100 Lacey Agnew 79 71 MC MC 150
T100 Isabelle Beisiegel 76 74 MC MC 150
T100 Heather Bowie Young 77 73 MC MC 150
T100 Sandra Changkija 76 74 MC MC 150
T100 Meredith Duncan 75 75 MC MC 150
T100 Natalie Gleadall 78 72 MC MC 150
T100 Amy Hung 71 79 MC MC 150
T100 M.J. Hur 80 70 MC MC 150
T100 Ayaka Kaneko 74 76 MC MC 150
T100 Danielle Kang 75 75 MC MC 150
T100 Hye-Min Kim 76 74 MC MC 150
T100 Pernilla Lindberg 77 73 MC MC 150
T100 Ai Miyazato 76 74 MC MC 150
T100 Morgan Pressel 77 73 MC MC 150
T100 Michelle Wie 74 76 MC MC 150
T115 Jacqui Concolino 72 79 MC MC 151
T115 Veronica Felibert 77 74 MC MC 151
T115 Jimin Kang 75 76 MC MC 151
T115 Angela Oh 75 76 MC MC 151
T115 Pornanong Phatlum 75 76 MC MC 151
T115 Alena Sharp 75 76 MC MC 151
T115 Emily Talley 76 75 MC MC 151
T115 Victoria Tanco 75 76 MC MC 151
T123 Beth Bader 76 76 MC MC 152
T123 Nicole Hage 75 77 MC MC 152
T123 Karin Sjodin 74 78 MC MC 152
T123 Wendy Ward 74 78 MC MC 152
T123 Christine Wong 79 73 MC MC 152
T128 Kirby Dreher 75 78 MC MC 153
T128 Kathleen Ekey 77 76 MC MC 153
T128 Brooke Henderson 77 76 MC MC 153
T128 Augusta James 75 78 MC MC 153
T128 Ariya Jutanugarn 77 76 MC MC 153
T133 Dori Carter 78 76 MC MC 154
T133 Meaghan Francella 74 80 MC MC 154
T133 Tiffany Joh 75 79 MC MC 154
T133 Sara Maude Juneau 81 73 MC MC 154
T133 Erynne Lee 75 79 MC MC 154
T133 Jin Young Pak 80 74 MC MC 154
T139 Hanna Kang 77 78 MC MC 155
T139 Jisool Keel 77 78 MC MC 155
T139 Min Seo Kwak 76 79 MC MC 155
T139 Candace Schepperle 78 77 MC MC 155
T143 Tanya Dergal 80 76 MC MC 156
T143 Sarah Kemp 77 79 MC MC 156
T143 Christina Kim 79 77 MC MC 156
T143 Reilley Rankin 74 82 MC MC 156
T143 Elisa Serramia 78 78 MC MC 156
T148 Karlin Beck 81 76 MC MC 157
T148 Anna Grzebien 77 80 MC MC 157
T148 Brittany Marchand 80 77 MC MC 157
151 Stephanie Kono 77 82 MC MC 159
152 A Ram Choi 84 77 MC MC 161
153 Diana D’Alessio 82 81 MC MC 163
154 Ashli Bunch 80 WD WD WD 80
155 Minea Blomqvist 84 WD WD WD 84
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