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Sunday, October 25, 2015

History in the Making

As I'm writing this, the final round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship is still underway and it's early in the round.

As I'm writing this, history hasn't been made yet.

But in all likelihood, by the time you read this, Lydia Ko will have rewritten history again.

Lydia Ko

As I'm writing this, Lydia Ko has a 5-shot lead over Eun-Hee Ji, her closest competitor. In and of itself, that's no big deal. The Kobra has done this sort of thing before, simply because she doesn't make big mistakes very often. For example, when the rest of the field struggled in poor conditions during the third round, Lydia shot 67 and made it look almost effortless. The only other player in the Top10 to shoot a better score was Suzann Pettersen, and Pettersen is under par again today...

But she's still 9 shots behind Lydia. Nine shots behind... and that still puts Suzann in solo 5th place. That's because Lydia is 3-under on the day after only 7 holes. (And that's with a bogey on the 7th!)

If Lydia pulls off this victory today, she'll once again be #1 in the Rolex Rankings... but that's not the history-making part. The win itself will make history, as it will be the Kobra's 10th LPGA win. The fastest player to reach 10 LPGA wins -- as I'm writing this, that is -- is Nancy Lopez, who chalked up her 10th LPGA victory at the age of 22.

Lydia is still only 18, folks. If she wins, she breaks the record by more than 3.5 years! We aren't just talking history here, we're talking about something never seen before in the world of golf... and the sports world as a whole has yet to take notice of it.

As I'm writing this, Lydia Ko has yet to make history again. But even if she doesn't do it today it's only a matter of time. Her achievements are not only rewriting the history books but the expectations of everyone who wants to be a professional golfer. Players like this don't come along every day. Take notice of her performance, folks... and be sure to appreciate it.

[MORNING UPDATE: In the end Lydia won by 9 strokes. I wonder how long it will take her to reach 20 wins?]

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