Is women’s golf moving into the same direction as women’s figure skating and women’s gymnastics, where teenagers are the dominant athletes in their respective sports?
It sure seems that way when looking at the top of the leaderboard at the CN Canadian Women’s Open in Vancouver this week.
The leader is fifteen year old Lydia Ko. Just how young is Ko? She was only born in 1997! A native of South Korea, she moved to New Zealand with her family at the age of six.
In 2012, Ko has already won the United States Women’s Amateur and the Australian Women’s Amateur. But a win today, would be the most significant victory of her career–against 48 of the top 50 players in the world.
After shooting an even par 72 on Saturday, Ko currently leads Koreans Jiyai Shin, Chella Choi and Inbee Park along with American Stacy Lewis by a stroke.