Lydia Ko isn't your run-of-the-mill 18-year-old woman. She's the No. 1 female golfer in the world and in the conversation to be considered the best golfer on the planet. She travels a lot, living a somewhat lonely life on the road. She has co-workers, but, for a lot of the year, not much in the way of roots.
In other words, it's hard for Lydia Ko to have a boyfriend. However, as she said before this week's North Texas LPGA Shootout, she'd like to have one.
"I would love a boyfriend," she said. "I don't know what my mom has got to say about that one."
The biggest problem for Ko is meeting a guy her age. She is young in her profession, so most guys she meets are well older -- or fans that are younger.
"I always say the guys I meet are either like 10 or they're 40. I need someone in that middle range," she said.
Then there's the matter of time. Between long days on the course, sponsor obligations, pro-ams and pairings parties and other things, Ko finds it a wonder that any LPGA player can have a relationship.
"Sometimes I see the girls with like boyfriends," Ko said, "and I'm like, Man, where did you guys meet each other?"
But if you're a good-looking dude in Ko's gallery, she's not going to avert her eyes.
"I'm going to try and focus on my game, but when I see a good‑looking guy, I go, oh, man, he's good‑looking," she said. "Yeah, I've still got that girl feeling in there."