Golf: New Zealand teen Ko becomes youngest LPGA rookie of year

Lydia Ko of New Zealand tees off at the 3rd hole during the first round of the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship golf event at the Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, west of Seoul, on Oct 16, 2014. New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko has become the youngest win
Lydia Ko of New Zealand tees off at the 3rd hole during the first round of the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship golf event at the Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, west of Seoul, on Oct 16, 2014. New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko has become the youngest winner of the LPGA's rookie of the year award in a season in which she has won twice, secured two runner-up finishes and nine other top-10s. -- PHOTO: AFP

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko has become the youngest winner of the LPGA's rookie of the year award in a season in which she has won twice, secured two runner-up finishes and nine other top-10s.

The 17-year-old already owns records as the youngest LPGA title winner and the youngest golfer to win a US$1 million (S$1.29 million) in prize money.

"It's really been a dream rookie season for me," she said on the LPGA website. "I learnt so much and am glad to have achieved some of my goals along the way. It's an honour to have my name now etched alongside such amazing players and legends of the game on the list of Rookie of the Year winners."

Currently ranked third in the world, Ko enters this week's Lorena Ochoa Invitational fourth on the LPGA money list with US$1,564,962 and riding a streak of 40 straight cuts - the best on tour.

Ko is yet to miss a cut in an LPGA Tour event.