Ko a pro? Sixteen-year-old still thinking about future


EVIAN LES-BAINS, France – Lydia Ko couldn’t escape her news conference Wednesday at the Evian Championship without a question about whether she’s close to turning pro.

“We are thinking about it,” Ko, 16, said. “As a joke, because everybody’s asking when I am going to go pro, I’m saying, `I think I better soon, or I’m going to keep getting the questions.”’

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After this week’s event, Ko will return home to New Zealand. She hasn’t been home in two months while playing LPGA events this summer. Her mother, Tina, told GolfChannel.com  that the family will make a decision whether to petition the LPGA for a waiver of its rule requiring members be at least 18 after returning home and meeting with New Zealand Golf advisers.

This week, Ko makes her first start since successfully defending her title at the CN Canadian Women’s Open three weeks ago. Ko became the youngest winner of an LPGA event when she claimed the CN Canadian Women’s Open title as a 15-year-old last year.