Happy Birthday Lydia Ko – World #1 is Officially no Longer a Teenager

by Maura Hutchinson

The number one female golfer in the world turned 20 on Monday, meaning we can no longer refer to Lydia Ko as a “teenage sensation.”

Since turning professional in 2014 the New Zealander has racked up 14 LPGA Tour wins, 57 top-ten finishes, won an Olympic silver medal and has two major titles. Amazing STATS for any golfer but in a career so short, an even more incredible feat!

While Ko has impressed many of her peers and golf fans from around the globe with her on-course maturity and laid back approach, the young player has turned some heads in recent months with a number of career changes. These have included parting ways with her coach, David Leadbetter and equipment sponsor, Callaway in 2016. Her latest move came when she fired her ninth caddie after the Lotte Championship earlier this month, despite finishing the tournament T2. All of this has left many to speculate what exactly is making the PXG player unhappy with her game.

“I wish her the best, but she’s gone through so many caddies, she needs to wake up on caddie-player relationships. Otherwise she’ll just keep doing it,” Ko’s recently ousted ninth caddie Gary Matthews told Golf Digest last week.

Adding, “In all honesty, there is no communication in the whole camp. You never know anything or are told anything.”

Yesterday, the golfer’s camp announced that Ko has hired her tenth career caddie, Peter Godfrey, who was named Caddie of the Year in March. Godfrey has worked with some of the LPGA’s top stars including Ariya Jutanugarn and Ha Na Jang. He is reportedly going to be carrying Ko’s bag at this week’s Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Here’s hoping number ten sticks!