World No.1 Lydia Ko On Brink Of LPGA Tour Hall Of Fame

A win at this week's Chevron Championship would get the World No.1 into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame

Lydia Ko lines up a putt
A win at this week's Chevron Championship would get Ko into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame
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Despite still being just 25 years of age, Lydia Ko has the chance to join illustrious company this week at the Chevron Championship where a win would get her in the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame.

The New Zealander is just two points away from the 27 needed to be in the Hall of Fame, with Majors awarding two points. To gain entry into the Hall of Fame, players must have won an LPGA Major championship, the Vare Trophy [awarded for the season's best scoring average] or Rolex Player of the Year honors.

Ko has won all three multiple times, with 19 LPGA Tour victories to her name as well as two Majors, two Vare Trophies and two Rolex Player of the Year honors.

"Honestly, I just want to have a good week this week," Ko said ahead of the Chevron Championship in Texas. "Hall of Fame and everything, yeah, I'm two points away, and I'm like one tournament away technically to being able to do that.

"It is definitely a big goal of mine to be in the Hall of Fame, but I don't think that's like my end goal or something that I'm just going to keep chasing towards because I'm just trying to play the best golf I can, and if I put myself in contention and just keep giving myself opportunities, I feel like they're all going to come naturally.

Lydia Ko poses with three trophies

Ko won the CME Tour Championship last year to win the Vare Trophy, Rolex Player of the Year and Race to CME Globe

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"I'm sure as much as I want it, the rest of the 131 other players also want the win as much as I do, so it's like even though there might be like different things at stake for each player, I think it's meaningful for every single one of them in their own different ways.

"Yeah, I mean, it would be pretty cool to get it done in the first Major of the year and be in the Hall of Fame, but that's not what's important to me.

"For me I just want to have a good week and put myself in position, and if I have a chance at it and be the one that's holding the trophy at the end of the week, that's pretty awesome. But I don't think that's going to be like my driving force going to any of these events this year."

Ko currently holds the World No.1 position and has enjoyed a strong opening to the year where she won in her first start at the Aramco Saudi Ladies International.

She has taken a couple of weeks off in preparation for the first Major of 2023, which she won in 2016 back when it was played in California and known as the ANA Inspiration.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV