If Lydia Ko wins on the LPGA Tour, what happens to her prize money?

If Lydia Ko wins on the LPGA Tour, what happens to her prize money?

Kiwi teen Lydia Ko has an opportunity in the next several hours to become the youngest champion in LPGA Tour history by taking the CN Canadian Women's Open at the age of 15 years, 4 months and 2 days.

The amateur shares the lead coming down the final nine holes at Vancouver Golf Club, as she aims to become the overtake Lexi Thompson as the youngest champion in Tour history. Thompson won the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic at 16 years, 7 months and 8 days.

Ko would also be the first amateur to win on the LPGA Tour since JoAnne Carner won the 54-hole Burdine’s Invitational in 1969. She would be the fifth amateur ever to win an LPGA event.

The win would be historic, but wouldn't come with a $300,000 first-place check that a professional would get for winning the title. Instead, the highest-finishing professional earns the top prize, and so forth, skipping over any amateurs to make the cut.

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