Jin-young Ko (27, Solaire), who had been sprinting for 112 weeks in the world rankings on the LPGA Tour for 112 weeks, suffered a drop in her performance in the first half of this year, and eventually Nelly Corda (23, USA) reported three wins in the season at the end of June. gave 1st place to The shot swayed greatly, and it collapsed at every important turning point. Jinyoung Ko, who confessed that he suffered from ‘golf puberty’, regained his shot feeling when he belatedly reported his first win of the season at the Volunteers of America Classic in early July. Jin-young Ko, who woke up to the instinct of a sharp beast again, had a completely different look in her eyes, and after that, in 6 competitions, she sprinted at a rapid pace, winning 3 times, runner-up, and tied for 6th twice.
Jin-young Ko, who became the main character of achieving 200 wins for Korean players at the BMW Ladies Championship last month, overcame severe wrist pain and set a new record of ‘the first Korean player to win 3 consecutive gold medals’, and decorated the season finale splendidly. Jinyoung Ko hit 9 birdies in the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship ($5 million total prize money), the final match of the LPGA Tour season held at Tiburon Golf Club (par 72, 6366 yards) in Naples, Florida, USA on the 22nd. Hit an under par 63. The 63 shot was Jin-young Ko’s one-round career best score, reducing the previous record by one stroke. Jin-young Ko, who recorded a final total of 23 under par 265, beat Nasa Hataoka (22, Japan) by one stroke to achieve 2 consecutive victories in the tournament, winning 5 times in the season, and winning the most prize money of this year’s tournament of $1.5 million (about 1.78 billion won) ) was occupied.
With this, Jin-young Ko accumulated $3.52,161 in prize money for the season, beating Corda, who was leading the prize money, and winning the prize money for the third time in a row. This record came 13 years after Lorena Ochoa (Mexico) from 2006 to 2008, and Koh Jin-young is the first Korean player. It is the first time in 14 years that Ochoa ($4.36 million) in 2007 has surpassed $3 million in season prize money. Jin-young Ko, who has won 12 victories on the tour, is tied for third place with Se-young Kim and the most wins by a Korean player on the LPGA Tour, following Se-ri Park (25) and In-bi Park (21).
Jinyoung Ko defeated Corda (four wins) and took the title of most wins. It is the first time in five years since Eriya Chutanukan (Thailand) in 2016 had five wins in a season. He also accumulated 211 points for Player of the Year, pushing out Korda and taking the top spot in 2019. Jinyoung Ko is the first Korean player to achieve the player of the year twice. In the CME Globe Race, which converts one year’s results into points, Jin-Young Ko ranked first for the second year in a row. The world ranking points are expected to close or reverse the gap at 0.95 points.
Jinyoung Ko’s victory on this day is evaluated as more valuable as he overcame severe wrist pain. Jinyoung Ko even shed tears on the 11th hole in the first round due to wrist pain, and at that time, caddy David Bruker said, “You can abstain.” Jinyoung Ko said, “I didn’t practice much because of wrist pain, so I don’t know how the results came out now.” I barely practiced before the competition, but the shot went straighter than I thought and the putt went well,” he said. Jinyoung Ko said, “I tried to catch a lot of birdies in the beginning because I competed with good players such as Corda, but it went well. When I was in a slump at the beginning of the season, I wondered if I could win again, but I think I am more happy than in 2019 because I won 5 times.”
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