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Teenage star Lydia Ko signs with IMG after launching LPGA career

Lydia Ko of New Zealand hits her tee shot on the fifth hole during the CN Canadian Women's Open at Royal Mafair Golf Club on August 22, 2013
Lydia Ko turned professional at age 16.
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CLEVELAND (AP)

Lydia Ko, who earned an exemption to join the LPGA Tour in October as a 16-year-old, has signed with management company IMG.

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Born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, Ko is already No. 4 in the rankings and won the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters last week in Taiwan in her second start as a professional.

She won the Women's Canadian Open at 15 last year to become the youngest winner in tour history and defended the title this year.

Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie are among the golfers represented by IMG.

Guy Kinnings, global head of golf at IMG, says in a statement on Thursday that Ko ''is an incredibly impressive young lady and an astonishing player.''

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