14-year-old becomes youngest pro-event winner
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Move over Lydia Ko, there's a new youngster in town.
Amateur Phachara Khongwatmai, at the tender age of 14, become the youngest golfer ever to win a pro event when he went 13 under at the ASEAN PGA Tour's Singhua Hin Open.
And it wasn't a squeaker, clearing the field by an eye-opening four shots. Heck, the kid flashed a smile before teeing off on the 18th hole.
Khongwatmai was born on May 3, 1999, nearly seven months younger than Ko when she won her first pro title, the LET's New South Wales Open in January 2012, also at 14. Ko would go on to win on the LPGA Tour as well.
Ryo Ishikawa had held the record prior to Ko, winning at the old age of 15 years and 8 months in 2007.
Khongwatmai is the latest teenager to steal headlines, as 19-year-old Jordan Spieth recently became the youngest player to win on the PGA Tour since 1931, while also becoming the fourth-youngest champ in Tour history. Spieth turns 20 Saturday.
Other teens in the news recently:
- 14-year-old Andrew Walker is the second-youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. Amateur;
- Latanna Stone, 12 at the time, competed in the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur;
- Guan Tianlang, then 14, took the world by storm to make the cut at the Masters;
- Lucy Li will make Stone look old as the 10-year-old plays in the U.S. Women's Amateur next week.