Ko intends to remain an amateur despite second win in pro event

Ko intends to remain an amateur despite second win in pro event

Lydia Ko has won a professional golf tournament not once, but twice this season.  The two historic wins, however, will not drive the 15-year-old Kiwi to the paid ranks.

The CN Canadian Women's Open champion Ko, who became the youngest LPGA winner in history on Sunday, said afterward she has no intention of turning pro in the near future.

“I'll still remain an amateur and then finish high school and then go to college in the States,” said Ko, who became the fifth amateur and first sine 1969 to win on the LPGA Tour. “I mean this is a great win, but I don't think this will affect me changing my roots to my career.”

Ko became the youngest player to ever win a professional event on the five major tours earlier in the year, taking the New South Wales Open on the ALPG Tour in Australia at age 14. She also won the U.S. Women's Amateur two weeks ago, becoming the second-youngest champion in that event's history.

Had she been a pro before the first shot at Vancouver Golf Club this week, Ko would have won $300,000 with her historic win. Instead, she lost something, donating her golf glove to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Ko will travel back to her native Korea on Monday before her next LPGA start in three weeks at the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Liverpool.

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