Lydia Ko has no immediate plans to turn pro

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 13:01 26/08/2013
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Lydia Ko says there are no immediate plans to turn professional despite defending her Canadian Open title today.

The 16-year-old New Zealander might be on top of the golfing world, but after her five-shot win this morning said she would still listen to what her parents had to say on the matter before making a decision.

When she would turn professional was the question everyone wanted an answer to at the after-match media conference in Edmonton.

"I've got some people above me like my mum and dad, they're the boss," she said.

"I think, as I'm only 16 still, it's quite hard to make huge decisions. When I turn pro it's like a job. Money is all about it and everything like that. Every shot counts."

Ko said her parents and New Zealand Golf would all have a say.

"Hopefully we'll make a really good decision on when I will turn professional," she said.

Among questions about her final-round 64 and her five-shot victory, Ko faced more and more questions about turning professional and the money she missed out on at the NZ$2.55m tournament.

The winner's share, US$300,000 (NZ$383,926) went to runner up, Frenchwoman Karine Icher.

Ko answered in the negative when asked if she had thought about two cheques she'd missed at consecutive Canadian Opens, worth NZ$767,852.

"No, not really," she said.

"No, I know I'm not going to get the money so I don't care."

One bemused journalist didn't believe her.

"You don't care?" they asked.

"I don't care, I don't care. I can say that a couple more times if you like," Ko said.

Her final round 64 was easily the low round of the day and she ended the tournament at 15-under.

She recorded seven birdies in her final round and after starting the day one shot off the pace in a tie for second, raced top of the leaderboard.

Ko made birdies on two, three, four, six and eight to turn in 30 and already had a three-shot buffer.

The pressure of chasing the teenage sensation proved too much for her nearest rivals who all went backwards, only to watch Ko sink a slippery birdie putt on 18 to cap her fourth professional win in style. 

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