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Lydia Ko

Twice a winner of the LPGA Tour’s Canadian Open as an amateur – the first of those in 2012 made the then 15-year-old the circuit’s youngest-ever champion – she was only 16 when she nearly tasted even bigger success. In the Evian Championship’s inaugural staging as a major Ko, still an amateur, led with 17 holes to play before eventually finishing second, two strokes behind Suzann Petersen.

Back at the same event two years later the New Zealander, by then a professional and having already attained world No.1 in record time, did become the youngest-ever holder of a women’s major, winning by six after a closing 63 that was the lowest closing round in the history of women’s majors. She added the ANA Inspiration in April 2016 and last year almost regained that title, a last round 62 taking her from eight shots behind to second place, two behind Patty Tavatanakit.