Lexi Thompson calmly rolled in a five-footer on the 72nd hole for birdie to best Stacy Lewis by one shot at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday in Guadalajara, Mexico. The 18-year-old phenom shot a final-round three-under 69 to claim her second win of the season and the third of her career. (continue reading…)
16-year-old golfing phenom Lydia Ko announced to the world via a New Zealand Golf YouTube promo that she’s ready for the bigs — and she’s officially given up her amateur status and now she’s competing as a professional. Ko made the announcement in a sponsored video alongside All Blacks rugby player Israel Dagg and he even helped her reach her “monumental decision,” according to her Twitter:
Rory McIlroy wasn’t the only one who had a pretty good weekend in South Korea. So did Michelle Wie, who fired a six-under 66, the lowest in the final round, to surge to T3 at the LPGA’s KEB-HanaBank Championship.
While Wie snared a share of the lead on the back nine on Sunday, she posted her score earlier than the leaders and then played the nail-biting waiting game. Turned out Amy Yang and Hee Kyung Seo both birdied the 18th and Yang beat Seo in a playoff. (continue reading…)
It was only a matter of time for this wunderkind from New Zealand. 16-year-old Lydia Ko will compete as a professional at next month’s LPGA’s CME Group Titleholders, according to GolfChannel.com’s Randall Mell. (continue reading…)
17-year-old Charley Hull has decided to pass on the second stage of LPGA Q-school second stage Oct. 8-11 in Venice, Florida. Instead, the English golfer plans to seek a different route to securing LPGA playing privileges through sponsor invites and other qualifying avenues, according to GolfChannel.com’s Randall Mell: (continue reading…)
Perhaps you can call it a Baker’s Dozen. For the first time in 13 years, the 2014 LPGA tournament schedule will kick off in January. On Wednesday the LPGA announced that the second-annual Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic will serve as the Tour’s season-opening event when it returns to the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, January 20-26, 2014. (continue reading…)
I know this is old news, but I haven’t had time to post about Lydia Ko’s impressive victory until now — better late than never, right? — and it deserves a few hundred words at the very least.
The 16-year-old phenom from New Zealand cruised to a five-shot victory at the Canadian Women’s Open for the second straight year — and at different venues, no less. Last week, Ko fired a six-under 64 at Royal Mayfair in the final round to successfully defend her title and basically school the top pros in the world. (continue reading…)
At the start of the week, Stacy Lewis said she kind of wanted to be the person “that kind of spoils history a little bit,” referring to Inbee Park’s attempt to become the first professional golfer to win the first four majors of the season in the same calendar year.
Park had her own problems at the Women’s British Open, feeling the weight of the pressure with all eyes focused on her, not to mention getting the “bad” side of the draw (with (continue reading…)
In her quest to become the first golfer to win four majors in the same calendar year, Inbee Park opened with a 69 in the first round of the Women’s British Open. Although the 25-year-old South Korean had a disappointing finish with a bogey on the 16th and then a double-bogey on the 17th at the Old Course, she only trails co-leaders Morgan Pressel and Camilla Lennarth. (continue reading…)
Natalie Gulbis is at a good place in her life personally and professionally. Gulbis, who endured malaria earlier this season, revealed to Golf World last week at the U.S. Women’s Open that she’s engaged to marry 29-year-old Josh Rodarmel, who was a co-owner of the company Power Balance. (continue reading…)