Lydia Ko

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Lydia Ko, MNZM

In Auckland in January 2012, 14-year-old Lydia Ko made world headlines by becoming the youngest golfer to ever win a professional tournament. It was just the start of a whirlwind few years, which would see her turn professional in October 2013 and be named the world's No 1 woman golfer in 2015 at the age of just 17, which made her the youngest ever No 1 of either gender. 

The Korean-born golfer credits her mother with much of her success, saying her devotion to helping Ko pursue her career has been a 'huge inspiration'.

Ko was named Young New Zealander of the Year in 2016. And, in the same year, she won a silver medal in women's golf at the Rio Olympics. 

Ko was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to golf in 2019.

In this radio interview from 2012, the 14-year-old talks about how she overcame nerves to win her first professional tournament, after narrowly missing out the year before.

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Image: Lydia Ko, 2018 (courtesy, of

Catalogue Reference 267544

Year 2012


Interviewer: Simon Mercep, Morning Report, RNZ National

Excerpt: 0:02:01

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