Skip to main content

Time marches on: Ko turns 18 Friday

Getty Images

DALY CITY, Calif. – It’s a special week for Lydia Ko.

The Rolex world No. 1 is the defending champion at the Swinging Skirts Classic at Lake Merced Golf Club, where she will shed her official “juvenile” status. She becomes a legal adult Friday with her 18th birthday arriving.

“I get to have fun being a 17-year-old for only two and a half days,” Ko said. “It’s nearly coming to an end, but I’m pretty sure I’ll still have some fun even when I’m 18, or 30, whatever.

“I try and have fun. That’s always my goal. If I’m not having fun, I kind of feel like there is no point in me coming out here and just doing it for the sake of it.”

Ko said she had no special plans for her birthday, but she hoped to have an early tee time Friday.

“Last year I teed off late and then finished in a hurry,” Ko said of celebrating her 17th birthday here. “I ran pretty much [to complete] the last hole and had a quick dinner and that was it.”

Ko is into her 11th consecutive week atop the Rolex women’s world rankings. She tees it up this week looking to win her 11th worldwide title, her seventh LPGA title and her third Swinging Skirts title. She won the Swinging Skirts Ladies Masters in Taiwan in 2013, before it was moved to the United States.