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December 2013
Lydia Ko

11. Lydia Ko

After a record-breaking and historic 2012 in which she became the youngest winner in LPGA history at 15, Ko balanced a busy LPGA schedule in 2013 with schoolwork, all while constantly being asked about turning pro. But the 16-year-old wasn't slowed, recording eight worldwide top-10s including a successful title defense at the CN Canadian Women's Open. In October she announced her decision to play for pay in a lighthearted video alongside New Zealand rugby star Israel Dagg. Ko will likely keep a full LPGA schedule in 2014, commissioner Mike Whan having waived the minimum-age requirement for membership for her.
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