Lydia Ko receives New Zealand honor

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Lydia Ko of New Zealand during the practise rounds.

Lydia Ko of New Zealand during the practise rounds. (Photo: golfsupport.nl/Philippe Millereau)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former top-ranked golfer Lydia Ko has received one of New Zealand's highest civil honors.

The 21-year-old Korean-born golfer was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the country's New Year's honors list.

Ko was the top-ranked women's golfer from February 2015 to June 2017. She was also the youngest player to win a professional tournament and the youngest tournament winner on the LPGA tour.

Ko said the award was "a huge honor for me. I am grateful to be recognized alongside many talented, inspiring New Zealanders and those who make New Zealand a better country for all of us Kiwis."

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