The 17-year-old, who was born in Korea and moved to New Zealand
at the age of six, won the U.S. women's tour Rookie of the Year
award and has already collected five wins on the top tour, including
the Tour Championship last month.
She will study psychology at Korea University in Seoul from next
"I'll have to listen to what the university says to decide how I
will do my studies," she told Yonhap news agency in an interview on
"I'll have to make sure I submit the required papers and projects as
the majority of my classes will be done online."
Ko had long spoken about pursuing university study before she turned
professional last year, with one hope to emulate her idol Michelle
Wie by studying at Stanford University in the United States.
She capped a stellar 2014 season by clinching her third victory of
the year in a gripping three-way playoff for the Tour Championship
in Naples, Florida.
The youngest player in the elite field, Ko also claimed the
circuit's inaugural "Race to CME Globe" title and its $1 million
bonus for the biggest payday in women's golf.
Despite being named one of TIME magazine's '100 most influential
people' earlier this year, Ko said she still has a long way to go.
"I heard about that but I don't give it too much thought," she said
of the TIME ranking.
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"I think this is just the beginning. I still have a long road ahead
of me," she added.
Ko, ranked third in the world, said her family had helped her cope
with the demands of playing in the United States.
"My mom has been always with me," she said. "I was able to overcome
the difficult times as she was there to cook for me, pack my clothes
and to talk with me."
(This version of the story has been refiled to add dropped letter
'r' in 12th paragraph, changing he to her)
(Reporting by Kahyun Yang, Writing by Peter Rutherford; Editing by
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