Early Retirement: Lydia Ko Plans To Quit Pro Golf At 30

She may only be 17, but Lydia Ko knows exactly what she wants out of life and golf and has already announced her retirement from the game — in 13 years. 

“I say my plan is to retire when I’m 30 so I’m not just going to go to the beach and hang out for the rest of my life,” Ko told reporters.”There’s always a second career that comes along with it and I’m trying to build up towards it and, because I’m playing a sport, psychology links well with it.” 

Ko will begin an online psychology degree program from a university in Seoul in March. Despite being just a teenager, Ko believes it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to life after golf. 

Lydia Ko waits to play during the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC on May 15, 2014 in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

“You just never know what’s going to happen.”

Despite her look into the future this week, she also admits she’s having a lot of fun right now on the course. 

“When you have fun, everything kind of goes by fast, and going fast is not a bad thing when you’re playing 25 or 26 tournaments.”

Seriously, how could it not be fun being the No. 1-ranked womens player in the world at the ripe old age of 17. Oh, to be young again… 

[h/t Yahoo.com]


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