Ko's first win as pro comes in Taiwan

Lydia Ko after the 2013 Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters, her first win as a professional competitor, in Taiwan.
Lydia Ko after the 2013 Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters, her first win as a professional competitor, in Taiwan. ( Getty Images )

Sunday, December 8, 2013

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Lydia Ko rallied to win her first title as a professional.

The 16-year-old from New Zealand won the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters on Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for a three-stroke victory over South Korea's So Yeon Ryu.

Ko had an 11-under 205 total at Linkou Miramar and earned $150,000 in the event sanctioned by the Taiwan and Korean tours. Ryu finished with a 73. Top-ranked Inbee Park was third at 7 under after a 70.

Ko tied for 21st last month in the LPGA Titleholders in her only other start as a professional. She won four pro events as an amateur, taking the Canadian Women's Open the last two years.