Lydia Ko Makes TIME's Most Influential List

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Teenage golfer Lydia Ko has been named one of TIME's 100 most influential people in the world. The list was released on Thursday, which was also Ko’s 17th birthday.

Only four other sports stars were on the list -- tennis player Serena Williams of the U.S. and soccer player Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal among them. The only other teenager in the list was Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, an international symbol of girls’ rights to education.

While Lydia Ko is a Korean New Zealander, there were no South Koreans on this year’s list. President Park Geun-hye and Samsung Electronics vice chairman Kwon Oh-hyun made the list last year. But North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was among the 100 for the second year running.

Ko was the fifth female golfer to make the list following Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Yani Tseng, and Michelle Wie.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 28, 2014 12:22 KST