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Inspiration Yields Celebration and Heartache

Lydia Ko

RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA | Records continue to fall. Youngest player to win back-to-back LPGA majors, second-youngest winner of the ANA Inspiration behind Morgan Pressel (who nipped her by 31 days), youngest to win 12 times on any major tour, second youngest to win two majors behind Young Tom Morris, who was seven months younger when he won his second Open in 1869.

Youngest. Youngest. Youngest. You could go on for days. Lydia Ko could well be the most phenomenal teenage athlete in history. She is certainly in the conversation with the likes of Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Pele and Wayne Gretzky.

When Ko won on Sunday at the ANA Inspiration, stuffing a three-quarter wedge shot from 87 yards to a foot for birdie on the final hole to reach 12 under and clinch the victory by a shot, the news should have made the ticker in Times Square and at least been mentioned on nightly newscasts.

This is, after all, an 18-year-old woman who has accomplished more than most athletes dream about in a career. If she were on the PGA Tour, there’d be talk of the Hall of Fame.

The fact that Ko gets barely a shrug from many passersby in sports is shortsighted and sad. But when you watch Ko play, you understand. She doesn’t win with flair; doesn’t bomb 300-yard tee shots; doesn’t carve irons around trees; doesn’t hole impossible flop shots from the high rough around a green. She wins by making the fewest mistakes, not just among the current crop of players on the LPGA Tour but in all of golf.

Sunday was a perfect example. Ko began the day a shot behind Lexi Thompson and tied with reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion …..READ FULL ARTICLE


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