COUNTRY: New Zealand
DATE OF BIRTH: April 24, 1997
WORLD RANKING: 1
2014 (LPGA): 26 starts, 26 cuts, 3 wins, 15 top-10s
2014 MONEY: $US2,089,033 (3rd)
After winning four professional tournaments as an amateur, Lydia Ko entered the professional ranks in October 2013 ranked fourth in the world. Her 2014 added another three wins, including the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, along with the $US1million Race to CME Globe bonus, plus two top-10 finishes at majors and a runaway win for Rookie of the Year. A close second at the Coates Golf Championship in late January this year brought her to world number one, at 17 the youngest ever, male or female, to achieve that ranking. Ko has not missed a cut in any professional event. The sky is the limit for this uber-talented youngster.