Lydia Ko has added to her growing list of accolades by winning the LPGA Rookie of the Year award. In her first season as a professional, Ko claimed her third and fourth LPGA titles, having already won two as an Amateur. At just 17 she becomes the youngest winner of the award in its 52 year history. The New Zealander is in action at this week’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational and has been grouped with the only two ladies above her in the Rolex Rankings: Inbee Park and Stacey Lewis.
Turkey has withdrawn from the bidding process to host the 2022 Ryder Cup. The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course that is hosting this week’s Turkish Airlines Open has been ruled out, as it is would require 15,000 trees to be cut down to accommodate the event.
Elsewhere, the Italian Golf Federation officially put forward the Marco Simone course on the outskirts of Rome as their candidate venue. The final decision will be made in early 2015 with Austria, Denmark, Germany, Portugal and Spain also in the running.
And finally, the Turkish Airlines Open got off to an explosive start last night with a special chipping competition. Martin Kaymer and Victor Dubuisson went head-to-head in an attempt to land the ball in a target in the swimming pool below the hotel balcony. It was the Frenchman who triumphed with this attempt that lit up the Turkish skies.
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