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Lydia Ko turns 17, wins third LPGA event

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Lydia Ko has three LPGA Tour wins. (Getty Images)
Lydia Ko has three LPGA Tour wins. (Getty Images)

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Lydia Ko is the most baby-faced crusher of dreams you will ever see.

The barely-17-year-old scored a Time Magazine top 100 nod as one of the most influential people in the world earlier this week and followed that up on her birthday Sunday with a win at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

It's her third LPGA win but the first in which she was allowed to collect the check after sinking the final putt. It's her sixth (!) win in professional events worldwide in her career.

Context: At the age of 17 Tiger Woods had zero. Same at age 18. And 19. At 20 he had two. Ko has three years before she turns 20. She has the same number of LPGA Tour wins as Michelle Wie.

Ko knew she had a special last seven days in San Francisco.

"Normally they would say sweet 16, but I would say it's sweet 17," Ko said. "I don't think I could have any better birthday week."

She also told Golf Channel "it was intense the whole way" as she came down the stretch with Stacy Lewis, with whom she played all four days.

Ko got up and down for birdie on No. 18, sinking a six-footer for the win and the best birthday present she could give herself with her family in attendance.

"Tears nearly ran down my face. You may lose friends, but you're always going to have your parents," Ko said. "I try to make myself not cry of happiness, but it was coming to that point."

But what point is all of this craziness coming to? Ko moved to No. 2 in the world with her win and seemingly has zero ceilings.

She'll play the LPGA Championship, the US Open, and the British Open for the first time as a pro later this year and could win any of them.

Again, barely 17.

Happy birthday to Lydia?

No, happy sports week for golf fans.

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