Ko will eat, pay tax on car, buy ping pong table


NAPLES, Fla. – How is Lydia Ko going to celebrate winning all the prizes she secured Sunday at the CME Group Tour Championship?

She’s going to South Korea and ...

“I’m going to eat a lot of food,” Ko cracked. “If I look like I gained a lot of weight in my first event back, you guys can't say anything. That's why I train, so I can eat. So, it's a good balance.”

Ko was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was 6, but she still has a lot of family in South Korea.

“It's winter there, so opposite seasons to New Zealand,” Ko said. “I'm sure I'll be seeing a little snow, maybe a white Christmas. Who knows?”

Ko closed out a big year with a big week at the CME Group Tour Championship, becoming the youngest winner of the Rolex Player of the Year Award and the LPGA money title and claiming the Race to the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot for the second year in a row. She also won a Kia Sorento SUV as part of Kia’s Drive to the Top Award, even though she still doesn’t know how to drive.

What plans does she have for the $1 million jackpot?

“Maybe pay the tax of the Kia car I got,” Ko said after Sunday’s finish. “I don't know. I never really had a moment to think about it. Now we can think about it.”

After some time to think about it, Ko said Monday on Morning Drive her big plan is to buy a ping pong table.

“I’m not really good at ping pong, so maybe I can sharpen up my game,” Ko said. “I wish I could buy a puppy, but it wouldn’t make everybody else in my family very happy.”