Jin Young Ko made it to the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship with the top spot. She shot one shot without magic in the final 63. And she needed each of those shots to win.
Ko’s 23-under 265 total in four innings proved just enough to hold off tough Nasa Hataoka, who opened three of his last four holes to post 22 under.
But Ko’s tackle was relentless. Not just every week, every week, so good at golfing non-stop – this is The next level. Ko ended Sunday’s round by hitting all 18 required greens. Saturday, she hit all 18 greens according to the rules. On Friday, she hit all 18 greens according to the rules. In total, she achieved the prescribed 63 green points to end the week. There is no comparable record in professional golf.
Ko was well compensated for her efforts. With the win, become the Race to the CME Globe Champion, come back and land the biggest check in LPGA history: $1.5 million.
With the win, she also became Rolex Player of the Year by a tight margin against Nelly Korda, finishing with 211 points to Korda’s 197.
Entering Sunday, there was a traffic jam at the top of the rankings: Ko, Korda, Hataoka and Celine Boutier shared the lead at the bottom 14. But Ko quickly separated himself with three birdies on the first four holes. She then went on with three more birdies to come out at six under 30. She also played perfectly home, hitting eight under through 13 holes and setting up a two-shot birdie in 17th. to essentially close the deal.
Korda also started the day in the lead and she finished her eighth straight round in the 60s – but that wasn’t enough to catch up with the low score, as Korda T5 was eliminated 3 under. 69.
Ko embraces Korda on the 18th green as the two are showered with champagne from a group of peer competitors. The win marks Ko’s 12th win on the LPGA and 5th in 9 starts. With the victory, she also climbed back to the number 1 position in the world.
Impressive stuff for a work week.
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