Ko top performer in year’s five majors
It was another trophy for Lydia Ko’s cabinet.
The latest was the Rolex Annika Major Award as the best performer in the year’s five majors.
The award is named after one of the game’s former greats, Annika Sorenstam and she was on hand to present the trophy to Ko after the year’s final major, The Evian Championship in France last month.
Ko competed in all five events and finished with a record of a win, a second and a tie for third. She finished in the top 50 in the other two.
The win came in the ANA Inspiration at the Mission Hills Country Club in California in March.
Her second placing was in the PGA Championship in Washington in June. On that occasion she was beaten in a playoff.
The following month, in the US Open in California, she was one of four players tied for third.
Ko’s win in the ANA Inspiration saw her become the second youngest to win two majors — male or female. She was aged 18 years, 11 months and 10 days.
The youngest winner of two majors is Tom Morris junior. He was aged 18 years, four months and 27 days when he won his second major, The Open Championship in 1869.
The Annika Major Award was only in it’s third year. The two previous winners had been Michelle Wie (2014) and Inbee Park (2015).
Ko was thankful her consistency had been recognised.
“It means a lot, especially because coming into this year my goal was to be more consistent in majors,’’ she said.
“To have it named after Annika and how successful she’s been in majors and just in general and what she’s done for the game, I think there might not be some of us if it wasn’t for a player like her.”