NEW TOUR PROFESSIONAL
Nationality: New Zealander
Widespread appeal: SportsPro magazine, the journal of the sports business, judged South Korea-born Ko to be one of the 10 most marketable athletes in the world last year, a testimony to the New Zealander’s appeal and ability.
Teen sensation: Ko turned pro in 2013 aged 15 and won her maiden major title three years later, the Evian Championship.
Top earner: The Evian victory, plus four more on the LPGA circuit, made the Kiwi sensation the highest earner on Tour in 2015, while two further tournament wins make her an eloquent spokesperson for the women’s game. All change: Ko recently fired long-term coach David Leadbetter and signed a new endorsement to play PXG golf equipment.