Lydia Ko’s precocious talents are resonating beyond the golf course.
Time magazine on Tuesday released its list of the 16 most influential teenagers in the world. Ko was among them.
Ko, 16, became the youngest winner of an LPGA title last year when she won the CN Canadian Women’s Open and then repeated as winner this year. The Korean-born New Zealander will make her debut as a pro next week at the CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Fla. She rose back to No. 4 in the Rolex world rankings this week.
Ko is in some good company. Malala Yousafzai, 16, the Pakistani activist who was shot in the head and neck for standing up for the education of girls under Taliban rule also made Time’s list. So did Malia Obama, 15, one of President Barack Obama’s daughters; and Lorde, 17, the singer-songwriter from New Zealand. Count pop star Justin Bieber, 19, among the most influential teens; as well as programming whiz kid Nick D’Aloisio, 18, who designed Summly, a news reading and summarizing app; and Missy Franklin, 18, the American Olympic gold medal swimmer.