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Ko announces she's turning pro in YouTube video

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Lydia Ko ended months of speculation Tuesday by announcing via YouTube that she has turned professional.

GolfChannel.com senior writer Randall Mell reported Oct. 9 that Ko planned to compete as a professional at next month’s CME Group Titleholders.

Already No. 5 in the Rolex Rankings and just 16 years old, Ko is a two-time winner on the LPGA circuit and has recorded nine top-10 finishes. She has left nearly $1 million on the table this season because of her amateur status.

Ko has filed a petition with the LPGA seeking a waiver of the tour’s age requirement of 18, though commissioner Mike Whan has not yet announced his decision.   

Ko took to YouTube in announcing her decision to join the play-for-pay ranks, filming a 4-minute video with Israel Dagg, a New Zealand rugby player. 

Check out the video here: