Time out for Lydia Ko before big month of golf

Last updated 16:41 22/07/2014
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TITLE WINNER: Lydia Ko hits form claiming a LPGA Tour title in Ohio.

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Lydia Ko will have two weeks off before getting to work on a major month of golf.

The in-form 17-year-old has become the youngest woman ever to earn US$1 million (NZ$1.15m) in prize money after winning the Marathon Classic this week.

The New Zealander is skipping this week's event on the LPGA calendar, the International Crown, before the tour takes a week's break.

However, with August presenting three significant tournaments, including a major in the LPGA Championship, Ko's star could be set to rise even further.

The next time Ko will tee it up is the LPGA Classic in the second week of August, followed by the tour's namesake major championship the following week.

To end the month, Ko will compete in the Canadian Open - an event she has won the last two years.

Already, the North Shore star is virtually guaranteed to be named the tour's rookie of the year with eight top five finishes and two victories.

But she is also closing in on the tour's other in-form player, American world No 1 Stacy Lewis.

Lewis has amassed a total of 656.15 ranking points across 56 events, for an average of 11.72 points, to lead the world order. In comparison, Ko has 379.73 points - but has racked them up over 20 less events than Lewis.

Ko is already chasing history, trying to become the youngest-ever winner of a women's major, and has the rest of this season and all of next - a total of seven swipes - to do so. In doing this she could also become the youngest ever world No 1.

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