Most teenagers don't celebrate a birthday with a nod from a national magazine. Then again, most are not named Lydia Ko.
The teen phenom turned 17 years old Thursday, a birthday that coincided with her inclusion among Time Magazine's 100 most influential people for 2014.
Ko was the only golfer to make the list, and one of only five athletes. After a decorated amateur career that included a pair of LPGA wins, the Kiwi turned pro last fall and currently sits at No. 4 in the Rolex Rankings.
"She is responsible for sparking increased interest in our sport not just in her native South Korea and adopted homeland of New Zealand but also among juniors across the globe," wrote Annika Sorenstam, who penned Ko's profile for the magazine.
Ko joins a small group of LPGA professionals to be featured on Time's annual list of influencers, one that includes Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Yani Tseng and Michelle Wie. The other athletes included for this year's list were Richard Sherman of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, Jason Collins of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, tennis star Serena Williams and soccer great Cristiano Ronaldo.