On Monday 16-year-old phenom Lydia Ko announced she had sacked her swing coach, Guy Wilson, of 11 years because she said he couldn’t spend enough time with her while she plays as a touring professional.
Ko, the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history, was coached by Wilson since she was five. Naturally, he said he was ”incredibly disappointed” by the decision, which came two weeks after she signed with management giant IMG.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.