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LPGA Grants 16-Year-Old Phenom Lydia Ko Full-Time Membership For '14
Published October 28, 2013
WHAN DOES NOT WANT TO RUSH PLAYERS: Golf World’s Ron Sirak noted he talked to Whan earlier this year about the tour's age limit and noted Whan does not want to "send a message out to kids to abandon their education." Sirak: "There were three key factors why he approved this petition. One, she is going to turn 17 April 24th, and that’s relatively early in the year. He doesn’t like 16 but 17 is a number he can live with. Especially since she’s won twice, that’s the second factor. The third thing is the maturity factor. He says, and this is a great point, ‘These players are not just competing, these young women are also selling the tour.’ Definitely mature enough to interact in the pro-am, to hang with sponsors, more importantly to hang with potential sponsors.” Sirak noted Ko's team has not "been rushing things, they’ve taken things one step at a time." Sirak: "She won on the smaller tours before she won on the LPGA, so I think they’ve showed a real patience in there and I don’t think that they are going to overextend her. I think that they are aware of the pitfalls and they are going to avoid them” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 10/28).