LPGA Tour on tap for 16-year-old Lydia Ko

LPGA Tour on tap for 16-year-old Lydia Ko

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Lydia Ko of New Zealand Ko starts her pro career Thursday at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla.
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NAPLES, Fla. — Lydia Ko didn’t need to wait for the prize money to be distributed to realize why this week is so different on the LPGA Tour.

She was reminded in the airport by a question she has heard dozens of times. The 16-year-old from New Zealand was clearing customs when the agent asked her purpose for coming to the United States. She told him she was playing in a golf tournament.

“He says, ‘Are you a professional?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I am.’ So that was the biggest thing,” Ko said Wednesday. “I never said that before.”

When the agent inquired…



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