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Ko petitions LPGA to play as pro

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
16-year-old Lydia Ko says it has been her dream to play the LPGA Tour.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (AP)

Amateur sensation Lydia Ko is turning pro and has asked the U.S. LPGA Tour to waive its age limit.

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Stacy Lewis is defending Player of the Year, so she's one of the LPGA Tour players to watch in 2013.

The 16-year-old from New Zealand already has won twice on the tour - both times at the Canadian Women's Open. She also contended at the Evian Championship in the fifth and final major of the year.

The tour says commissioner Mike Whan is returning from Asia and will review the petition. Whan will decide whether to waive the tour's minimum age requirement of 18.

Her mother told Golf Channel's website that Ko will play the LPGA Titleholders as a professional.

Lexi Thompson won a tour event at 16. She was granted membership and played her first U.S. LPGA event in 2012 as a member the day before turning 17.

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