Lydia Ko’s ascendancy to the top of women’s golf has been stunning. The youngest woman to ever win a major, she swiftly went on to become the youngest player of the modern era to win two. The teenage No. 1 continues to amaze the world with her golfing feats and has cemented her dominance by almost never finishing far from the top of the leaderboard.
In Lydia Ko: Portrait of a teen golfing sensation, sports writer Michael Donaldson reflects on the unique influences that have shaped Lydia Ko’s game, from her move to New Zealand from Korea at the age of six, to her parents’ focused yet nurturing approach and the young Auckland coach who was instrumental in instilling in Ko a love of the game. Sports observers and those closest to Ko during her formative years share a personal insights and stories that unlock secrets of one of the world’s hottest young sports stars.