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Lydia Ko, 16, joining LPGA Tour in 2014
The LPGA Tour waived its age requirement Monday for Lydia Ko, clearing the way for the 16-year-old from New Zealand to join the tour in 2014.

Lydia Ko, 16, joining LPGA Tour in 2014

World No. 5 won Women's Canadian Open last year

Posted:Oct 28, 2013 10:50 AM ET

Last Updated:Oct 28, 2013 10:50 AM ET

Lydia Ko, pictured here after winning the Canadian Women's Open in Edmonton on Aug. 25, will join the LPGA Tour next year.

Lydia Ko, pictured here after winning the Canadian Women's Open in Edmonton on Aug. 25, will join the LPGA Tour next year. Jason Franson/Canadian Press

The LPGA Tour waived its age requirement Monday for Lydia Ko, clearing the way for the 16-year-old from New Zealand to join the tour in 2014.

Ko won't be like most LPGA Tour rookies.

She already is a two-time champion, having won the Women's Canadian Open at 15 last year to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history, and then successfully defending her title this summer in Canada. Born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, she already is No. 5 in women's world ranking.

Ko contended in the Evian Championship in France, and a short time letter asked the LPGA Tour to waive its requirement that players be 18 or older to join.

'Women's golf is growing day by day and I would love to be able to inspire other girls to take up the game.'- Lydia Ko, 16

"We are looking forward to having Lydia as a full-time member for the 2014 season," LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan said. "It is not often that the LPGA welcomes a rookie who is already a back-to-back champion."

Ko plans to play the LPGA Titleholders in Naples, Fla., at the end of November. By granting her petition now, Whan said the teenager will be able to take part in rookie development sessions early next year before the season gets under way.

"It has always been my dream goal to play on the LPGA, and play against the world's best players," Ko said. "I know that becoming a member is not only performing well, but to deal with responsibilities very well. Women's golf is growing day by day and I would love to be able to inspire other girls to take up the game, and go for it. I believe this is only the start to my career and I have many new things to learn along the way."

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