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Golf in Godzone: Lydia Ko Beats The Pros

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

14-year-old Kiwi amateur golfer, Lydia Ko has become the youngest-ever player to win a professional golf tournament.

Playing in the New South Wales Open, Lydia shot a 3-under-par 69 to win the tournament by four shots. And with her historic win beats Ryo Ishikawa’s KSB Cup win back in 2007 when he was 15 years-of-age and eight months.

And watch this space, next week there’s the possibility Lydia will meet up with Lexi at the Australian Ladies Masters at Royal Pines.

Lexi Thompson, who some would say has an even more impressive record. Given that she became the youngest player in history to win an LPGA event at 16 years of age and followed it up by becoming the youngest professional to win on the Ladies European Tour at the season ending Dubai Ladies Masters.

The exciting news on the men’s tours was Robert Rock’s solid as a rock winning performance at the Abu Dhabi.

Having survived Tiger’s attack over the closing holes, Robert was ready to wrap it up when a wayward tee shot at the last left him between a rock and a hard decision to make. Take a penalty shot or attempt to play a very difficult shot astride a rock and with his ball very adjacent to a cactus plant. Common sense prevailed, no doubt assisted by his caddie helping his thinking processes, and the rest is not quite as historical as Lydia’s win, but very admirable given he won against an exceedingly good field.

A few hours later and another young man, Kyle Stanley was also in the lead at Torrey Pines. A three-shot lead when coming down the last hole and he also had a big decision to make. Play the par-5 last hole as a three-shoter or go for the green in two. Which he did in the play-off hole but not the seventy-second hole which cost him an eight and let in Brandt Snedeker for a very unexpected play-off.

So much so that golf commentator Gary McCord had to do a u-turn and head back to Torrey Pines to comment on the play off.

Talking to David Feherty after his gut wrenching loss, Kyle was lost for words to describe his feelings. However he’d do well to remember how Robert Garrigus came back from a similar gut-wrenching loss and a few months later won the Disney Classic.

Quote of the Day

"They don't do comedy at the Masters. The Masters, for me, is like holding onto a really big collection of gas for a week. It's like having my buttocks surgically clenched at Augusta General Hospital on Wednesday, and surgically unclenched on Monday on the way to Hilton Head." – David Feherty  reflecting on how Gary McCord was banned from commentating at The Masters and how he has to remind himself to behave, or else be banned.

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