LPGA: Jin Young Ko wins Singapore
Jin Young Ko has won the HSBC Women’s World Championship for the first time in a year. We hope this marks a fresh start to her year of battling injuries that missed her No. 1 ranking.
Coe responded to Nelly Korda’s early charge and eased the nerves during a 58-minute storm delay at the end of the round, closing out Sunday with three straight pars for a 3-under 69 and two-shot victory.
Ko currently has 14 wins on the LPGA Tour, including two majors, and 11 Korean LPGA titles. She called this victory “most important.”
“Last year was a tough year, I battled injuries, I didn’t have a good game, I was mentally tough, all of that,” Ko said. “And I won this week.”
Kou is the longest-serving active player at No. 1 in the world rankings, and was the world’s top when he won the Singapore tournament a year ago. But then she started to suffer from pain in her wrists and taking her time off at the end of the year didn’t seem to help, she is currently ranked fifth in the world.
Defeating a familiar foe in Korda made the moment even more exciting.
“It’s always difficult to play with Nelly, especially on Sundays,” Coe said. “I’ve played a lot in 2021. I think she’s hitting it farther than last year. So I don’t see her ball. It’s hard, but she loves competing with Nelly. is.”
The 27-year-old Korean started with a two-shot lead and started with a birdie to extend the lead. Korda hit back with his three birdies in a row and came within a shot, but ended up with the only bogey on the sixth hole. Ko eventually returned the lead to three shots.
Korda finished with 69.
“I didn’t play well, but I didn’t play as well as I would have liked,” Korda said. “I made some silly mistakes here and there. It was nice to finish with a birdie and be in contention again. To be in the final group feeling the emotion and hopefully the next few We can build it up for that event.” Now it’s America. ”
Ko didn’t pay close attention to the leaderboard and thought she had a one-shot lead when play was suspended due to weather. I saw that I was leading 3 shots with .
“Okay, let’s make par. Let’s play it safe. But it was really hard to make par on 17, 18,” Ko said. “I am very honored to be able to defend this title again.”
She is the first back-to-back HSBC Women’s World Championship winner and joins Inbee Park as the tournament’s only multiple winner.
Ko finished 17-under 271 and earned $270,000.
Arisen Kopus (69), Daniel Kang (68) and Ayaka Furue (67) tied for third on 14-under 274.
Lydia Ko, who was ranked No. 1 at the end of last year and has already won in Saudi Arabia this year, closed out with 74 RBIs and finished 12 strokes behind.
The LPGA Tour is off for the next two weeks before resuming in Arizona.