Kiwi sportsmen and women tend to achieve success more often than our modest population should warrant. However, Lydia Ko's latest triumph is singularly remarkable. At just 15, she has turned the golfing world on its head. In winning women's golf's third-richest tournament, the Canadian Open, she left 19 of the top 20-ranked professionals in her dust.
She is the youngest player and first Kiwi golfer to win a tournament on the LPGA tour. Earlier this year she became, at 14, the youngest player of either gender to win a pro tour event when she won the New South Wales Open. A fortnight ago she won the US Amateur championship.
Even though she won't be able to pocket a prize cheque for two or three years, Ko is looking to be the most "bankable" Kiwi sporting star yet - not that this impressively composed young woman is likely to let any sort of pressure go to her head.
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