Ko enhances Australian Open field
BY Bruce Young | 18 Dec 2013
Record-breaking 16 year-old and World Number 4 Lydia Ko will play in Melbourne at the ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open from 13-16 February at Victoria Golf Club as tickets go on sale today.
The young New Zealander turned professional in October after a stunning amateur career including back-to-back wins at the CN Canadian Women’s Open on the LPGA Tour.
Ko finished third at the ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open in February and, in her first full year on the LPGA Tour in 2014, said she was looking forward to returning to Melbourne to compete for the US$1.2 million purse.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in Australia during my amateur career and the ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open always brings back great memories for me,” said Ko who was the tournament’s leading amateur for the last three years.
Ko joins Australia’s World Number 8 Karrie Webb and World Number 14 and defending champion Korean Jiyai Shin in the field.
“I have played well on Melbourne’s sandbelt courses in the past and I’m looking to start the year on a positive note at Victoria Golf Club,” Ko added.
The championship is sanctioned by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and the ALPG Tour.