History Repeats Herself: Lydia Ko Successfully Defends 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open

Lydia Ko (click to enlarge)

When Lydia Ko was 14 years old, she became the youngest winner of a professional golf tournament at the 2012 Bing Lee/Samsung Women’s New South Wales Open. Maybe some might have dismissed that victory as an historic achievement on a small tour. Later in 2012 Ko, having turned 15, would become the youngest winner of an LPGA event when she captured the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open. At 15 years and 4 months old, she grabbed the attention of the golfing world. This was a player of truly historic relevance. However, I’ve been in enough golf forums to know there are always a few that think, ok you won an LPGA event…but maybe it was a fluke. Those naysayers believe you need a second win to validate the first, especially in Lydia’s case. Well, check that box off of the now 16-year old South Korean-born Kiwi’s resumé. Lydia sprinted away from the field on Sunday to win the 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open, successfully defending her title. Along the way, she becomes the youngest winner of 2 LPGA tour events and the youngest to successfully defend a title.

Lydia finishes with a birdie on 18 (click to enlarge)

Lydia trailed Caroline Hedwall by 1 shot after the third round. Ko would make sure she left nothing out on the course, firing a final round 6-under 64 (par is 70). Next best on the day was 3-under by second place finisher Karine Icher. Third round contenders Hedwall and Suzann Pettersen stumbled with 1-over and 2-over rounds respectively. Lydia’s 15-under overall was 5 shots ahead of Icher. By the time she bent in her final birdie on 18, it was a coronation, not a competition.

Back to back champion (click to enlarge)

The constant question has been, is and will continue to be when will Lydia and/or the people handling her decide to turn pro. For the second straight year, her amateur status means the $300,000 winner’s purse will go to the second place finisher. Last year it was Inbee Park. This year it was Icher. Ko was quite clear in her press conference that she doesn’t care about the lost $300,000. Here’s my take. There’s nothing left for her to prove as an amateur. Yes, turning pro would mean golf becomes truly a job, and every shot would count. There is an extra pressure in that. However, I would suggest she turn pro. The con argument is that she has plenty of time to turn pro later. She doesn’t need the burden of being a professional. She should stay focused on going to college, as she has stated she would like to do. My position is that you never know about the future. Earlier this year Ariya Jutanugarn looked like she was on the verge of an LPGA victory until she had a freak accident while engaging in horseplay with her sister Moriya. It led to a shoulder injury. Ariya is rehabbing now but who knows how she will be when she returns. Maybe she’ll be just fine. That’s not really my point. Horseplay aside, all athletes can get injured. Over her career of playing professional events as an amateur, Lydia has left over a million dollars on the table. Heaven forbid she turns pro and gets injured…or simply burns out or has other interests. That’s a million dollars she won’t be able to get back. Maybe she’ll turn pro later, everything will be fine and she’ll have a long and prosperous career. But nobody can see the future. I say turn pro now. She can still stay in school and pick select events in which to compete. Turning pro doesn’t mean joining a tour, it just means making herself eligible for prizemoney.

BIRDIES

Stacy Prammanasudh had struggled this year with no top 10s. She finished tied for 5th for her first top 10 of 2013. She also qualifies for the CME Titleholders along with Lydia Ko and Caroline Masson.

Brittany Lincicome earned her best finished of the year with a tie for 3rd. 4 solid rounds under par.

Hall of Famer Juli Inkster bounced back from 3 straight missed cuts to finish with a nice tie for 24th.

BOGEYS

Cristie Kerr struggled her last two rounds. Clearly, she looked worn out from Solheim. A lot of players from Solheim seemed to fade down the stretch.

6-time LPGA winner Hee Won Han still looking for her first top 10 of the year. Finished tied for 65th.

Date Tournament Location Winner Purse
($)
First prize
($)
Titleholders
qualifiers
Feb 14–17 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Australia Australia South Korea Jiyai Shin (11) 1,200,000 180,000 South Korea Jiyai Shin
Taiwan Yani Tseng
Thailand Moriya Jutanugarn
Feb 21–24 Honda LPGA Thailand Thailand Thailand South Korea Inbee Park (4) 1,500,000 225,000 South Korea Inbee Park
South Korea So Yeon Ryu
Spain Beatriz Recari
Feb 28 – Mar 3 HSBC Women’s Champions Singapore Singapore United States Stacy Lewis (6) 1,400,000 210,000 United States Stacy Lewis
South Korea Na Yeon Choi
United States Paula Creamer
Mar 14–17 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup United States Arizona United States Stacy Lewis (7) 1,500,000 225,000 Japan Ai Miyazato
United States Angela Stanford
United States Jessica Korda
Mar 21–24 Kia Classic United States California Spain Beatriz Recari (2) 1,700,000 255,000 South Korea I.K. Kim
Thailand Pornanong Phatlum
United States Mo Martin
Apr 4–7 Kraft Nabisco Championship United States California South Korea Inbee Park (5) 2,000,000 300,000 Sweden Caroline Hedwall
Norway Suzann Pettersen
South Korea Haeji Kang
Apr 17–20 LPGA Lotte Championship United States Hawaii Norway Suzann Pettersen (11) 1,700,000 255,000 United States Lizette Salas
China Shanshan Feng
South Korea Hee-Kyung Seo
Apr 25–28 North Texas LPGA Shootout United States Texas South Korea Inbee Park (6) 1,300,000 195,000 Spain Carlota Ciganda
South Korea Hee-Young Park
France Karine Icher
May 2–5 Kingsmill Championship United States Virginia United States Cristie Kerr (16) 1,300,000 195,000 United States Cristie Kerr
South Korea Ilhee Lee
United States Gerina Piller
May 16–19 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic United States Alabama United States Jennifer Johnson (1) 1,200,000 180,000 United States Jennifer Johnson
Australia Karrie Webb
Sweden Anna Nordqvist
May 23–26 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic The Bahamas Bahamas South Korea Ilhee Lee (1) 1,300,000 195,000 United States Irene Cho
Japan Mika Miyazato
United States Mindy Kim
May 31 – Jun 2 ShopRite LPGA Classic United States New Jersey Australia Karrie Webb (39) 1,500,000 225,000 South Korea Jenny Shin
South Korea Jeong Jang
Japan Chie Arimura
Jun 6–9 Wegmans LPGA Championship United States New York South Korea Inbee Park (7) 2,250,000 375,000 Scotland Catriona Matthew
United States Morgan Pressel
South Korea Amy Yang
Jun 21–23 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship United States Arkansas South Korea Inbee Park (8) 2,000,000 300,000 United States Brittany Lang
United States Juli Inkster
United States Brooke Pancake
Jun 27–30 U.S. Women’s Open United States New York South Korea Inbee Park (9) 3,250,000 585,000 England Jodi Ewart Shadoff
United States Brittany Lincicome
United States Lexi Thompson
Jul 11–14 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Canada Ontario South Korea Hee-Young Park (2) 1,300,000 195,000 South Korea Meena Lee
United States Austin Ernst
South Korea Hanna Kang
Jul 18–21 Marathon Classic United States Ohio Spain Beatriz Recari (3) 1,300,000 195,000 United States Jacqui Concolino
South Korea Se Ri Pak
South Korea Chella Choi
Aug 1–4 Ricoh Women’s British Open Scotland Scotland United States Stacy Lewis (8) 2,750,000 402,584 United States Natalie Gulbis
United States Nicole Castrale
Sweden Pernilla Lindberg
Aug 16–18 Solheim Cup United States Colorado European Union Europe n/a
Aug 22–25 CN Canadian Women’s Open Canada Alberta New Zealand Lydia Ko (2) (a) 2,000,000 300,000 New Zealand Lydia Ko (a)
United States Stacy Prammanasudh
Germany Caroline Masson

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LYDIA KO

SUZANN PETTERSEN

CAROLINE HEDWALL

JODI EWART SHADOFF

BRITTANY LINCICOME

PAULA CREAMER

GERINA PILLER

KARINE ICHER

IN KYUNG KIM

JESSICA KORDA

CHARLEY HULL

DANIELLE KANG

CATRIONA MATTHEW

AI MIYAZATO

STACY PRAMMANASUDH

YANI TSENG

KATHLEEN EKEY

SANDRA GAL

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Thru Total Strokes
1 Lydia Ko 65 69 67 64 -6 F -15 265
2 Karine Icher 67 66 70 67 -3 F -10 270
T3 Brittany Lincicome 68 68 66 69 -1 F -9 271
T3 Caroline Hedwall 68 68 64 71 +1 F -9 271
T5 Stacy Prammanasudh 68 67 69 68 -2 F -8 272
T5 I.K. Kim 71 66 65 70 E F -8 272
T7 Caroline Masson 70 67 67 69 -1 F -7 273
T7 Suzann Pettersen 69 67 65 72 +2 F -7 273
9 Gerina Piller 70 66 67 71 +1 F -6 274
T10 Jessica Korda 70 66 68 71 +1 F -5 275
T10 Paula Creamer 66 68 69 72 +2 F -5 275
T10 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 71 66 67 71 +1 F -5 275
T13 Mika Miyazato 70 67 70 69 -1 F -4 276
T13 Inbee Park 67 65 74 70 E F -4 276
T13 Angela Stanford 65 68 73 70 E F -4 276
T13 Brittany Lang 70 67 68 71 +1 F -4 276
T17 Na Yeon Choi 67 71 70 69 -1 F -3 277
T17 Catriona Matthew 70 66 71 70 E F -3 277
T17 Charley Hull 69 66 71 71 +1 F -3 277
T20 Anna Nordqvist 70 70 70 68 -2 F -2 278
T20 Ai Miyazato 70 68 71 69 -1 F -2 278
T20 Cristie Kerr 66 66 75 71 +1 F -2 278
T20 Lexi Thompson 71 65 69 73 +3 F -2 278
T24 Pernilla Lindberg 70 69 72 68 -2 F -1 279
T24 Juli Inkster 69 72 69 69 -1 F -1 279
T24 Danielle Kang 71 67 69 72 +2 F -1 279
T24 Jiyai Shin 74 66 67 72 +2 F -1 279
T24 Yani Tseng 72 68 66 73 +3 F -1 279
T29 Mina Harigae 73 69 69 69 -1 F E 280
T29 Haeji Kang 72 68 70 70 E F E 280
T29 Christel Boeljon 65 72 71 72 +2 F E 280
T29 Sandra Gal 72 68 69 71 +1 F E 280
T29 Chella Choi 69 70 69 72 +2 F E 280
T34 Eun-Hee Ji 70 72 69 70 E F +1 281
T34 Carlota Ciganda 69 72 69 71 +1 F +1 281
T34 So Yeon Ryu 73 68 68 72 +2 F +1 281
T34 Kathleen Ekey 71 64 71 75 +5 F +1 281
T38 Shanshan Feng 68 72 71 71 +1 F +2 282
T38 Alison Walshe 72 68 70 72 +2 F +2 282
T38 M.J. Hur 70 70 67 75 +5 F +2 282
T41 Ryann O’Toole 73 69 69 72 +2 F +3 283
T41 Hee Young Park 68 67 76 72 +2 F +3 283
T41 Thidapa Suwannapura 70 68 74 71 +1 F +3 283
T41 Katherine Hull-Kirk 71 71 72 69 -1 F +3 283
T45 Amy Yang 69 71 71 73 +3 F +4 284
T45 Laura Davies 68 66 77 73 +3 F +4 284
T45 Sophie Gustafson 74 66 72 72 +2 F +4 284
T48 Belen Mozo 70 69 71 75 +5 F +5 285
T48 Azahara Munoz 71 69 72 73 +3 F +5 285
T48 Jee Young Lee 68 72 76 69 -1 F +5 285
T51 Pornanong Phatlum 69 69 72 76 +6 F +6 286
T51 Felicity Johnson 74 66 72 74 +4 F +6 286
T51 Candie Kung 71 69 72 74 +4 F +6 286
T51 Jacqui Concolino 69 70 73 74 +4 F +6 286
T51 Song-Hee Kim 73 69 72 72 +2 F +6 286
T56 Mi Hyang Lee 71 70 70 76 +6 F +7 287
T56 Momoko Ueda 69 72 72 74 +4 F +7 287
T56 Nicole Castrale 68 72 73 74 +4 F +7 287
T56 Katie Futcher 70 70 75 72 +2 F +7 287
T56 Mariajo Uribe 69 73 74 71 +1 F +7 287
T56 Sydnee Michaels 73 69 76 69 -1 F +7 287
T62 Samantha Richdale 70 70 75 73 +3 F +8 288
T62 Sun Young Yoo 70 72 73 73 +3 F +8 288
T62 Jennifer Rosales 73 68 75 72 +2 F +8 288
T65 Hee-Won Han 72 70 74 73 +3 F +9 289
T65 Moriya Jutanugarn 72 70 75 72 +2 F +9 289
67 Se Ri Pak 72 70 72 76 +6 F +10 290
T68 Austin Ernst 70 72 72 77 +7 F +11 291
T68 Becky Morgan 70 72 73 76 +6 F +11 291
T68 Karen Stupples 70 72 76 73 +3 F +11 291
71 Laura Diaz 70 71 77 75 +5 F +13 293
72 Jessica Shepley 71 70 78 76 +6 F +15 295
T73 Mindy Kim 73 69 77 77 +7 F +16 296
T73 Tiffany Joh 71 71 79 75 +5 F +16 296
T75 Karlin Beck 68 75 MC MC 143
T75 Dori Carter 69 74 MC MC 143
T75 Numa Gulyanamitta 73 70 MC MC 143
T75 Marcy Hart 71 72 MC MC 143
T75 Maria Hjorth 72 71 MC MC 143
T75 Vicky Hurst 71 72 MC MC 143
T75 Lorie Kane 71 72 MC MC 143
T75 Jennifer Kirby 67 76 MC MC 143
T75 Mo Martin 69 74 MC MC 143
T75 Brooke Pancake 69 74 MC MC 143
T75 Jane Park 73 70 MC MC 143
T75 Reilley Rankin 72 71 MC MC 143
T75 Beatriz Recari 70 73 MC MC 143
T75 Jenny Shin 68 75 MC MC 143
T89 Danah Bordner 72 72 MC MC 144
T89 Katie Burnett 73 71 MC MC 144
T89 Lisa Ferrero 73 71 MC MC 144
T89 Julieta Granada 75 69 MC MC 144
T89 Brooke Henderson 72 72 MC MC 144
T89 Maude-Aimee Leblanc 71 73 MC MC 144
T89 Ilhee Lee 73 71 MC MC 144
T89 Paige Mackenzie 72 72 MC MC 144
T89 Kristy McPherson 74 70 MC MC 144
T89 Ji Young Oh 72 72 MC MC 144
T89 Morgan Pressel 70 74 MC MC 144
T89 Jane Rah 71 73 MC MC 144
T89 Dewi Claire Schreefel 71 73 MC MC 144
T89 Jessica Wallace 75 69 MC MC 144
T103 Sandra Changkija 76 69 MC MC 145
T103 Lauren Doughtie 72 73 MC MC 145
T103 Daniela Iacobelli 74 71 MC MC 145
T103 Seon Hwa Lee 71 74 MC MC 145
T103 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 76 69 MC MC 145
T103 Giulia Sergas 74 71 MC MC 145
T103 Karrie Webb 73 72 MC MC 145
T110 Chie Arimura 74 72 MC MC 146
T110 Paz Echeverria 70 76 MC MC 146
T110 Amy Hung 70 76 MC MC 146
T110 Sue Kim 75 71 MC MC 146
T110 Wendy Ward 70 76 MC MC 146
T115 Izzy Beisiegel 70 77 MC MC 147
T115 Pat Hurst 73 74 MC MC 147
T115 Cindy LaCrosse 74 73 MC MC 147
T115 Meena Lee 73 74 MC MC 147
T115 Brittany Marchand 74 73 MC MC 147
T115 Sarah Jane Smith 72 75 MC MC 147
T121 Jennifer Ha 77 71 MC MC 148
T121 Jeong Jang 72 76 MC MC 148
T121 Jennie Lee 74 74 MC MC 148
T121 Paola Moreno 75 73 MC MC 148
T121 Alena Sharp 76 72 MC MC 148
T121 Stephanie Sherlock 71 77 MC MC 148
T121 Lindsey Wright 72 76 MC MC 148
T128 Heather Bowie Young 75 74 MC MC 149
T128 Silvia Cavalleri 76 73 MC MC 149
T128 Moira Dunn 76 73 MC MC 149
T128 Lisa McCloskey 75 74 MC MC 149
T128 Michelle Wie 73 76 MC MC 149
T133 Irene Cho 80 70 MC MC 150
T133 Natalie Gulbis 73 77 MC MC 150
T133 Nicole Jeray 76 74 MC MC 150
T133 Amelia Lewis 75 75 MC MC 150
T133 Kris Tamulis 76 74 MC MC 150
T133 Anne-Catherine Tanguay 72 78 MC MC 150
T139 Veronica Felibert 74 77 MC MC 151
T139 Natalie Gleadall 78 73 MC MC 151
T139 Christina Kim 76 75 MC MC 151
T142 Amanda Blumenherst 79 73 MC MC 152
T142 Julia Boland 74 78 MC MC 152
T142 Hanna Kang 78 74 MC MC 152
T145 Esther Choe 74 79 MC MC 153
T145 Augusta James 82 71 MC MC 153
T145 Sara Maude Juneau 76 77 MC MC 153
T145 Sarah Kemp 76 77 MC MC 153
149 Breanna Elliott 75 79 MC MC 154
T150 Emily Childs 82 73 MC MC 155
T150 Taylore Karle 80 75 MC MC 155
T150 Jin Young Pak 79 76 MC MC 155
153 Nicole Vandermade 85 80 MC MC 165
154 Nicole Forshner 89 83 MC MC 172
155 Stacy Lewis 74 WD WD WD 74
156 Jennifer Song 76 WD WD WD 76

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