Teen Phenoms Ko, Thompson paired together at Women's British Open
Teenagers Lydia Ko, 15, and Lexi Thompson, 17, will play together through the first two rounds of the Ricoh Women's British Open, which begins Thursday at Royal Liverpool in England. The two will be chaperoned by Kaori Ohe, who rounds out the group.
Ko, the amateur from New Zealand, stormed the LPGA Tour when she won the Canadian Women's Open by three at the end of August. The win made her the tour's youngest champion, and the first amateur to win on the LPGA since 1969.
By comparison, Thompson is an old war horse: She was born in 1995 (1997 for Ko) and turn pro in 2010. This is her first full year on the LPGA Tour.
Other headline pairings at Hoylake include the group of world No. 1 Yani Tseng playing alongside No. 5 Ai Miyazato and Paula Creamer, who is fresh off her Sisyphean playoff loss at Kingsmill. She and Jiyai Shin were still tied after playing the 18th hole eight times before darkness fell on Sunday. They resumed the playoff Monday morning on the par-4 sixth hole, where Creamer made bogey to lose.
For complete pairings, check the tournament's official website.