Ko latest in long line of LPGA teenage phenoms
- By John Hawkins
- Aug 27, 2012 11:33 AM ET
It’s perfectly OK to drool over golf’s latest phenom: 15-year-old Lydia Ko, the youngest tournament winner in LPGA history. And I’ll pass out the bibs, because perspective demands a certain mix of farsightedness, patience and emotionally unaffected analysis. Ko broke the youngest-ever record held for about 15 minutes by Lexi Thompson, who was 26 months younger than previous owner Paula Creamer, who nipped Morgan Pressel by about a month.
So I went to an LPGA event and a gymnastics meet broke out. Teenage greatness has not been much of a precursor to superstardom in women’s golf – see Pressel and Creamer for the most current evidence. While Ko’s achievement is remarkable at first blush – no eyeliner allowed at that age – it’s also the latest milepost in a trend that sees female players peaking earlier, losing interest quicker and leaving behind unfulfilled legacies.
In other words, mass salivation can be hazardous to someone’s competitive health.
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Hawkins is a contributing writer with more than two decades of journalism experience.
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