Kiwi golf superstar Lydia Ko rounds out stellar year with wedding in Seoul

Lydia Ko and husband Chang Jun.
Lydia Ko and husband Chang Jun. Photo credit: Instagram/@LydsKo

Kiwi golf star Lydia Ko rounded out a memorable year by tying the knot with fiance Chung Jun in South Korea. (NZ time).

Ko won three titles on the LPGA Tour this season to reclaim the world No. 1 ranking, pocketing approximately NZ$3.25 million in prize money along the way.

The 25-year-old put the icing on the wedding cake by marrying Chung at the Myeongdong Cathedral in her birthplace of Seoul late Friday (NZ time).

Wearing a white lace gown with a long train and veil, Ko beamed as she walked down the aisle to meet her partner of two years, who is the youngest son of one of South Korea's most prominent businessmen, Hyundai Card vice-chairman Chung Tae.

Lydia Ko and husband Chang Jun.
Lydia Ko and husband Chang Jun. Photo credit: Instagram/@LydsKo

The pair met through mutual friends early last year, before her win at the Lotte Championship in April.

"It was just before my win in Hawaii and then actually a few of the girls said 'hey, he's your lucky charm'," Ko said last month. "And I was like 'yes, I've got to keep him around.'"

Ko revealed she actually popped the question to Chung, writing on golf balls 'will you marry me'.

"In Korea we set a wedding date before proposals, so you're engaged but sometimes the guy will propose a week before the wedding," she explained on the Henni and Hally: Women with Game podcast. "Some people do it early and some people do a surprise proposal a few days before, so it's very different.

"He proposed during our engagement shoot. It was really cool. I didn't expect it. He was going on about numbers, of how many days we've known each other and things like that. 

"For a second I was thinking, 'Why are you throwing numbers at me?' And then I realised what was going on."

Chung studied philosophy and data science in California and now works for Hyundai, based in San Francisco.

A winner of two Majors and an Olympic silver and bronze medal, Ko has been vocal about her intentions to retire at age 30 to pursue another career, potentially in the field of psychology.

One more Major victory would see her achieve one of her career goals of qualifying for the LPGA Hall of Fame.