9 Dec 2013

Ko's in the money after first win as a professional

7:17 am on 9 December 2013

Teenage New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has won her first tournament as a professional.

Lydia Ko.

Lydia Ko. Photo: AFP

The teenager finished with a three-under par 69 to finish 11-under, at the World Ladies Masters in Taiwan, to win $US150,000.

The 16-year-old had already won four professional tournaments before turning professional in October, but because of her amateur status at the time, she had to give up more than $1 million in prize money.

Ko finished three strokes ahead of Korean professional So Yeon Ryu with world No. 1 Inbee Park a further shot back in third place.

She will begin her 2014 campaign at the Bahamas Classic at the end of January before playing the New Zealand Women's Open in Christchurch.