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Amateur Ko becomes youngest LPGA winner

3:43 PM, Aug 26, 2012   |    comments
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Coquitlam, BC (Sports Network) - Leaving no doubt about it, Lydia Ko entered golf's record book Sunday.

Firing a 5-under 67, she took the title at the Canadian Women's Open to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history and the first amateur to earn a victory in more than 40 years.

It wasn't particularly close, either.

Ko began the round with a 1-stroke lead but finished three ahead of the field. She won with a score of 13-under 275, while Evian Masters winner Inbee Park took second at minus-10.

No amateur had won an LPGA Tour title since JoAnne Carner in 1969, but Ko's victory is not a total surprise.

She had already become the youngest winner of a professional golf event in January when she captured the Women's NSW Open. She was 14 years old then, turned 15 in April, and claimed victory at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship two weeks ago.

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