Lydia Ko won silver in golf's return to the Olympic Games at Rio 2016 following an absence for the sport of more than a decade.

Ko, the world No 1 at the time, finished 11-under over four rounds, to earn the podium finish and become New Zealand's youngest ever individual Olympic medallist.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Lydia and her family moved to New Zealand when she was five, which was when she started playing golf.

She went to Auckland's Pinehurst School and was a member of Gulf Harbour Country Club.

Before turning professional in October 2013, she had been the number one female amateur golfer for 130 weeks and had never missed a cut in the 25 professional events she played as an amateur.

While her career is still young, it is already littered with world records and awards. She became the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event, the youngest ever to win an LPGA Tour event, the only amateur to win two LPGA events. In 2015 she became the youngest ever to win a Major, winning the Evian Championship.

Off the course, some of her achievements include being named as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in 2014 at the age of 17. Ko won back-to-back Espy Awards in 2015 and 2016 and was named New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year in 2013, 2014, 2015. She won the Halberg Supreme Award in 2013, and in 2016 was named Young New Zealander of the Year in the annual New Zealander of the Year Awards.

She was awarded New Zealand's Lonsdale Cup for 2015.


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Lydia's Games History

  • Olympic Summer Games Rio 2016

    • Golf (Individual - Women)
      Stroke Play - Round 4 - FINAL PLAY -11
      Individual Stroke Play - Round 3 -9
      Individual Stroke Play - Round 2 -3
      Individual Stroke Play - Round 1 -2
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