19 Dec 2013

Ko confirms entry to Australian Open

11:01 am on 19 December 2013

The New Zealand golf star Lydia Ko will be one of the star attractions at February's women's Australian Open in Melbourne.

The 16-year-old Aucklander has rocketed to number four in the world and turned professional in October.

Ko finished third at the 2013 Australian Open and is looking forward to travelling to the sandbelt to tackle Victoria Golf Club.

Ko joins Australia's world number eight Karrie Webb and world number 14 and defending champion Korean Jiyai Shin in a strong field.

The championship is sanctioned by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and the ALPG Tour.

Ko starts her new year at the Bahamas Classic at the end of January before playing the New Zealand Women's Open in Christchurch.

And she's picked up one of her first major sponsors as a professional.

ANZ New Zealand has announced a three-year-deal with Ko, who won her first event as a professional earlier this month in Taiwan.