Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, watches her shot from the ninth tee during the third round of the LPGA's Coates Golf Championship, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Ocala, Fla. (AP Photo/The Star-Banner, Bruce Ackerman)
The Star-Banner, Bruce Ackerman
January 31, 2015

OCALA, Fla. (AP) With a notable double prize not only within reach, but practically in her grip, teen star Lydia Ko had to settle for half of the spoils Saturday - though it represented a significant piece of golf history, nonetheless.

Though the New Zealander blew a late lead and had to settle for a share of second place at the LPGA Tour's season opener, where she finished a shot behind Na Yeon Choi, the 17-year-old Ko became the youngest player of either gender to reach No. 1 in the world ranking.

Ko, who held a four-shot lead on the front nine of the inaugural Coates Golf Classic, double-bogeyed the 17th hole during a wild closing stretch, but still eclipsed Tiger Woods' mark as the youngest to reach the game's apex by nearly four years.

Choi closed with a 4-under 68 to finish at 16 under, a stroke ahead of Ko and Jessica Korda. Ko had a 71, and Korda shot 66.

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