9 Dec 2013

Ko wins in Taiwan

5:56 am on 9 December 2013

The teenage New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has won her first tournament as a professional.

The world number six shot a final round three-under par 69 to win the 1.2 million dollar Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters in Taiwan.

The 16-year-old finished three strokes ahead of Korean professional So Yeon Ryu with world number one Inbee Park a further shot back in third place.

Ko finished on 11-under par to win 181 thousand dolars in only her second start as a professional.

Ko will begin her 2014 campaign at the Bahamas Classic at the end of January before playing the New Zealand Women's Open in Christchurch.