Week in golf: Lydia Ko takes a big step

Lydia Ko poses with her trophy on the 18th green after winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic last Sunday.
Lydia Ko poses with her trophy on the 18th green after winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic last Sunday.

Player of the week

Lydia Ko. What were you doing a few days after turning 17 years old? Ko was winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco, calmly rolling in a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to hold off Stacy Lewis by one shot. It’s already the third professional win for Ko, but her first on the LPGA Tour. The victory also boosted the teenage phenom from New Zealand to No. 2 in the world rankings, behind only Inbee Park. Not a bad way to celebrate a birthday.

Trump buys Turnberry

If you’re someone who, for whatever reason, avoids golf courses owned by Donald Trump, cross Turnberry off your list. Trump recently purchased the resort in western Scotland — which features three courses, a hotel, and a spa — for a reported $59 million. The championship course there has hosted the British Open four times, most recently in 2009, when Stewart Cink beat Tom Watson in a playoff (Watson won at Turnberry in 1977’s “Duel in the Sun”). Trump’s goal in golf has always been to host a men’s major championship on one of his courses. With Turnberry among the nine courses in the active British Open rotation (but without an upcoming date), that goal will likely be realized — either on that side of the pond or this: The PGA of America has called a news conference for Thursday that will include Trump, amid speculation that a Trump course will be getting an upcoming PGA Championship.

Creative approach

Itching to see how Tiger Woods will fare as a golf course designer? Projects over the years in Dubai, Mexico, and North Carolina have fallen apart, leaving the world’s top-ranked player still waiting to put his architectural stamp on the game. The wait might soon be over. Woods will design a course at Bluejack National, a private club being developed in Montgomery, Texas, near Houston. If completed, it will be the first course designed by Woods to open. Ground is expected to be broken this summer, with completion scheduled for the fall of 2015.

Quote of the week

“I anticipate a full recovery and feel lucky to be at home resting with my family. I will be back covering golf once I’m fully recovered.”

— Notah Begay, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour who now serves as a golf commentator for Golf Channel and NBC. Begay, 41, suffered a heart attack last week in Dallas.

Michael Whitmer