Lydia Ko Donating Prize Money to Nepal Relief Effort

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, smiles on the 18th green after winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic golf tournament Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Daly City, Calif. Ko won the tournament for the second straight year, defeating Morgan Pressel on the second hole
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IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Lydia Ko is donating her earnings this week in the LPGA Tour's North Texas Shootout to the earthquake relief effort in Nepal.

''We had a big one in New Zealand, too, a couple years ago, and it affected a lot of people,'' Ko said Wednesday ''Natural disasters you can't do much about. Sometimes it's hard to be prepared for it, so I thought, `Those people there, nice people and very innocent.' So, I wanted to give this tournament's earnings and donate it to them.''

The 18-year-old Ko, ranked No. 1 in the world, successfully defended her title Sunday in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in California and leads the tour's money list with $908,810. The winner this week will earn $195,000 from the $1.3 million purse.

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