Lydia Ko has once again made history. Not content with having been the youngest ever winner of a professional tournament, and not content with being the world's best female amateur golfer, she has blitzed the field at the Canadian Women's Open on the USLPGA Tour. In doing so, she has become the LPGA's youngest ever winner, and the first New Zealnder to win on women's golf's toughest and most competitive tour.
And Ko didn't just win today. She shot a 5 under par 67 in the final round, equaling the low round of the day. That gave her a three-shot margin over the chasing pack which might have been even more had Ko not bogeyed the closing hole. It was an emphatic victory against a field of seasoned professionals.
So just how good is Lydia Ko? Right now, at 15 years and four months of age she has shown that she can compete with the best in the world, amateur or professional. Perhaps the question we should be asking is this; just how good can she become? Her work ethic is reported to be enormous, and yet she retains the youthful exuberance of a teenager, and seems to have a fantastic temperament and attitude.
We congratulate Lydia Ko warmly on her latest triumph. She is going to provide the likes of Valerie Adams and Lisa Carrington stiff competition when it comes time to hand out the 2012 Halberg Awards.