Which Young Golfer Will Win More Majors – Lydia Ko or Spieth?
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PGA Tour Player Jordan Spieth is surely on track to win many more majors, following his incredible Masters and US Open wins in 2015 at 21 years of age
LPGA Tour Player Lydia Ko is the youngest major champion in women’s golf history at 18 years of age and is also the youngest ever number 1 player in the world.
With those facts in mind, I found this conversation between ESPN.com staff to be of great interest.
Golf Analyst Michael Collins and writer Jason Sobel go with Jordan Spieth. One reason they cite is that Spieth will have a much longer career. Ko recently said that she plans to retire at 30, limiting her chances to win majors.
ESPN writer Bob Harig and anchorman Jonathan Coachman declare that Lydia Ko will win more majors than Spieth for 2 very compelling reasons.
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Lydia Ko’s victory at the Evian Championship made the 18-year-old the youngest major champion in women’s golf history. Not a bad way to cap off a year in which she also demolished the mark as the youngest golfer to reach No. 1 in the world, male or female.
So why isn’t she getting more accolades for her accomplishments?
Our scribes weigh in on those topics and more in this week’s edition of Monday Four-Ball.
1. Why isn’t Lydia Ko’s amazing ascendancy receiving more attention?
SportsCenter anchor Jonathan Coachman:
Lydia Ko is simply a low-key person who is an amazing champion. The reason she is not getting more attention is because of how she goes about her business. She is not an intense, win-at-all-costs competitor. But I think that she has something inside of her that allows her to play well every single week. But she is not a me-me-me person. And if you don’t draw attention to yourself, you normally don’t get it.
ESPN.com senior golf analyst Michael Collins:
A few reasons. This so-called major was contrived just two years ago and didn’t come about over the test of time like other majors. It was played in France with a very small American audience. Most importantly, this win happened on the opening weekend of the NFL and second weekend of college football.
ESPN.com senior golf writer Bob Harig:
Why hasn’t Jordan Spieth gotten more attention? It’s golf, a niche sport that at times has trouble gaining traction. Obviously Spieth’s Grand Slam run got its share of notice this summer, but women’s golf has it even harder than the men’s game. Some of the tournaments are not on live TV. Many are played internationally. It’s simply a sad reality that remains difficult to overcome.
ESPN.com senior golf writer Jason Sobel:
There’s one reason — and it’s a simple one: We’ve become desensitized to dominance in women’s golf, even if it didn’t come at such a young age for Ko’s predecessors. From Annika Sorenstam to Lorena Ochoa to Yani Tseng to Inbee Park, the past two decades of LPGA golf have often offered us a single top player who’s clearly better than the competition. It’s not Ko’s fault she doesn’t get more attention. She deserves it. But the only reason she doesn’t is because we too often feel like this is the fourth sequel to a story we’ve already read.
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