Lydia Ko could become youngest major champion at Evian Championship

Lydia Ko could become youngest major champion at Evian Championship

Lydia Ko has already won four professional golf tournaments at the age of 16, including a successful title defense last month at the CN Canadian Women's Open.

Now she's in prime position to capture her first major and become the youngest major champion in golf history.

Ko is tied for second through two rounds of the weather-shortened inaugural Evian Championship. The Kiwi teen fired a bogey-free 4-under 67 to trail Mika Miyazato by a shot through 36 holes at 7 under par.

The 16-year-old struggled with a number of short looks for birdie, but didn't drop a shot, making putts -- and even a chip -- to save pars and keep blemishes off of her scorecard.

On the day, Ko hit 12 of 13 fairways and 15 of 18 greens, but the 28 putts she took to get around the Evian Masters Golf Club kept her out of at least a share of the lead.

"I definitely gave myself a lot of opportunities," Ko said. "I missed a lot of putts."

Ko is excited to be in position to win only the second-ever major championship shortened to 54 holes, but she knows there is no Moving Day -- tomorrow is when they hand out the trophy and big novelty check (though Ko won't get the latter if she wins).

"Because it's a 54‑hole event now, it's only one round to get the work done," Ko said. "Hopefully it will be a good day tomorrow.  But, you know, I can't hit it as good as I did today every single day."

If Ko does win the Evian Championship at 16 years, 7 months, 22 days, she'll be the youngest major champion in the history of the game, even surpassing Young Tom Morris' win in the 1868 Open Championship.

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