Teen Golfer Lydia Ko Hailed as Game-Changer by TIME

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Korean-New Zealand teen golfer Lydia Ko has been included in TIME magazine's list of four stars with the potential to bring sweeping changes to their respective sports this year.

In its latest Jan. 13 edition, the U.S. weekly named Ko one of the "Major League Stars for 2014." Ko turned pro last October after winning her second straight CN Canadian Women's Open on the U.S. LPGA tour, and is already fourth in the women's world rankings.

The list also includes Billy Hamilton, an American outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds in Major League Baseball; Andrew Wiggins, a Canadian college basketball player who attends the University of Kansas; and Louisville Cardinals quarterback Theodore Bridgewater.

Ko's inclusion shows how she has rapidly climbed up the ranks of her sport and is fast becoming a household name. In November, TIME named her one of the 16 most influential teenagers in the world.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 06, 2014 10:12 KST