Jinyoung Ko (27, Solaire) suffered from severe ‘golf puberty’ this year. It seemed like it was going to happen, but as it collapsed every time, psychological anxiety continued and my confidence dropped significantly. Jinyoung Ko, who was actually ranked number one in the world rankings, participated in 10 competitions this year and entered the top 10 five times, but failed to report the championship. In particular, the results of the last two tournaments have been very poor. After tied for 57th at the Meyer LPGA Classic, she was also poorly tied for 46th at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the third major event of the season. As a result, Nelly Korda (23, USA), who reported three wins last week, gave up the world ranking, which she had maintained for 112 weeks.
Jin-young Ko, whose self-esteem was severely damaged, reported her first win of the season after desperate efforts to retake the world rankings. Jinyoung Ko shot a 2-under 69 in the final round of the LPGA Tour Volunteers of America Classic ($1.5 million total prize money) held at Old American Golf Club (par 71) in The Colony, Texas, USA on the 5th, giving a final total of 16-under 268. paid Jin-young Ko, who beat Matilda Castren (Finland) by one stroke, quenched her thirst for victory by collecting her eighth trophy in 197 days after winning the CME Group Tour Championship in December last year. Jin-young Ko, who received $225,000 in prize money (about 254 million won), climbed to 7th place ($791,336) in the prize money ranking, and was able to try again for the third consecutive championship.
Jin-Young Ko, who has won every year since 2017, showed a backslash by winning five of the seven final rounds that started with the lead. In particular, the fact that it has reached the normal track ahead of the Tokyo Olympics is encouraging. Jinyoung Ko will compete in the Tokyo Olympics with Inbee Park (33, KB Financial Group), Seyoung Kim (Mediheal, 28,) and Hyoju Kim (26, Lotte), the ‘golf empress’. After the game, Jinyoung Ko confessed, “I went through ‘golf puberty’ during that time.” He only had bad luck with the birdie and then the ball bounced badly or got hit and went out. So psychologically, it was very difficult.” He said, “Swing, hitting the ball, and putting were good, but it was hard because I thought it would be something but it didn’t work.” Jinyoung Ko said, “At that time, I just tried to accept it by saying, ‘Oh, golf puberty is here,’ and I thought about how I could become a better player. Jinyoung Ko said, “It was my father’s birthday on the day of the first round, and he gave me a nice birthday present.” As I recalled my grandmother, who passed away four months ago, I burst into tears for a moment.
Jinyoung Ko put a champion putt on the green on the 18th hole and looked up at the sky to get rid of his happy feelings.
Jinyoung Ko’s next goal is to retake the world No. 1 ranking and win a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics. There are four competitions before the Olympics, but he plans to save his stamina and improve his swing by participating only in the Amundi Evian Championship, a major event that starts on the 22nd (local time). Jinyoung Ko thinks of the Evian Championship as a test stage for the Olympics and plans to try this and that.” He said, “I feel that my recovery ability is declining recently, so I will do a lot of physical training.”
Jinyoung Ko, who entered the final round with one stroke ahead of Castren, was 4 strokes ahead with a birdie 3 to the 4th hole, and was narrowed down to one stroke again due to Castren’s chasing after castration. Castren, who made a bogey on the 15th hole, caught a birdie on the 17th hole and maintained a one-stroke lead, and Ko Jin-young calmly put a 1.2m paper on the 18th hole to confirm the championship. Lee Jeong-eun (25, Daebang Engineering & Construction), who cut one stroke on the day, ranked 7th (11-under 273 strokes), Kim Hyo-joo tied 8th (10-under 274 strokes), and Jeon In-ji (27·KB Financial Group) tied 14th (8 strokes) He finished the tournament with an under par 276).
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