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New Zealand teen Lydia Ko turns pro

Updated: October 23, 2013, 1:11 AM ET
Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Top-ranked amateur Lydia Ko has announced her decision to turn professional at the age of 16 after foregoing more than $1 million in potential prize money.

Ko, ranked No. 4 in the world, tweeted her decision on Wednesday, saying she made up her mind after taking advice from rugby player Israel Dagg.

Made a monumental decision today with a little help from my @AllBlacks friend @Izzy_Dagg #LOVEGolf http://t.co/D212QPMstE

— Lydia Ko (@Lko424) ...

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