Ko named in top 16 Time Magazine list

As she warms up for her professional debut in Florida this week, New Zealand’s wunderkind Lydia Ko has learned that she is now ranked one of the world’s most influential teenagers.

At the ripe old age of 16, Ko has been named in Time magazine’s list of the top 16 influential teenagers in the world. It put her alongside some elite company too.

Lydia Ko Lydia Ko (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The list included: * Malala Yousafzai, 16, the Pakistani activist who was shot in the head and neck for standing up for the education of girls under Taliban rule; * Malia Obama, 15, one of US President Barack Obama’s daughters; * Lorde, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter from New Zealand; * Pop star Justin Bieber, 19; * Programming whiz kid Nick D’Aloisio, 18, who designed Summly, a news reading and summarising app; * Missy Franklin, 18, the American Olympic gold medal swimmer.

And just in case anyone has forgotten Ko’s exploits – she became the youngest winner of an LPGA title last year when she won the CN Canadian Women’s Open and then repeated the feat this year in winning the same title.

She also won the Women’s NSW Open at Oatlands in Sydney.

And she quickly established herself in the top-10 women’s players in the world, getting as high as No.4 in the world.

Born in Korea, but raised in New Zealand, Ko announced she was turning professional earlier this month and plans to make her “debut” as a pro at the CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Florida.