Lydia Ko of New Zealand tees off during the first round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. (Credit: Getty Images)
Lydia Ko of New Zealand
TIME's tribute, penned by World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam
"Lydia Ko is exceptionally talented, mature beyond her years and well liked by golf fans and competitors alike. She is responsible for sparking increased interest in our sport not just in her native South Korea and adopted homeland of New Zealand but also among juniors across the globe."For more news that golfers everywhere are talking about, follow @si_golf on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube video channel.
"Her early, record-breaking success brings with it incredible pressure -- and she’s doing a fantastic job handling the many responsibilities that accompany stardom. Her future is very bright."