Lydia Ko is perhaps the biggest name in women’s golf today, and has quickly emerged as one of the key figures in all of golf. Just 17 years old, Ko was recently included on Time’s 100 Most Influential People list (the profile was written by none other than Annika Sorenstam) and has ranked as high as No. 2 in the world.
Barely 40 days before the U.S. Women’s Open, Ko spent three days and three rounds of golf on Pinehurst No. 2 to prepare for her third Open appearance – and first as a significant favorite. She chats about No. 2′s famed turtleback greens, and the prospect of attending a men’s professional tournament for the first time – the weekend of the U.S. Open Championship, one week before the Women’s Open.
“Hopefully I’ll get some autographs,” she says, earnestly.