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Ko named top women's amateur third straight year

Lydia Ko at the 2013 CN Canadian Women's Open
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NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Steve Stricker reacts as his birdie putt drops on the 17th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston held on September 7, 2009 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)  - 

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has received the McCormack Medal as the world's leading women amateur for a third straight year.

The medal was presented by the Royal & Ancient and United States Golf Association on Wednesday.

The 16-year-old Ko successfully defended the Canadian Women's Open title on the U.S. LPGA Tour then finished runner-up at the Evian Championship, the year's last major. Other highlights include a tie for third in the Australian Women's Open, and tie for 17th in the LPGA Championship.