Lydia Ko, the No. 1 player in the world and top money earner on the LPGA Tour this year, said Wednesday she will donate all her winnings in this week's Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout to earthquake relief in Nepal.
"Obviously, it was very unfortunate when I got to hear that there was an earthquake in Nepal," Ko said. "We had a big one in New Zealand, too, a couple years ago, and it affected a lot of people. It was in Christchurch, where we call it the Garden City. It still has the name, but there is still evidence of what has happened there. Natural disasters you can't do much about. Sometimes, it's hard to be prepared for it, so I thought, those people there, nice people and very innocent, so I wanted to give this tournament's earnings and donate it to them."
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25. Death estimates range at more than 5,000 people.
Ko, 18, earned $270,000 for winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic last week. Top prize this week is $195,000; the total purse is $1.3 million.
Ko has earned $908,810 this year on the LPGA Tour, with two wins and seven top-10 finishes in eight events.