Jinyoung Ko (28, Solaire) who entered the 2018 LPGA Tour ) won three consecutive titles from 2019 to 2021, reigning as the world’s best female golfer both in name and reality. But she fell into a long slump after she injured her wrist last summer. After taking a two-month break from August, she made her comeback with the BMW Ladies Championship in October, but she withdrew due to her poor performance, such as hitting 8 over par in one day. Afterwards, she forced herself into competitions without properly treating her wrist injury, but her dull swing made it difficult for her to show her former skills. In the midst of her long sluggishness, she held on for 152 weeks, but she also gave up the world number one spot, and her ranking fell to 5th.
Leaving behind her nightmare of 2022, Ko Jin-young entered the top 10 in her first tournament this season, firing a flare of her revival.
In the final round of the Honda LPGA Thailand held at Siam CC Pattaya Old Course (par 72, 6576 yards) in Chonburi, Thailand on the 26th, Ko Jin-young shot 8 under par 64 and finished with a final total of 16 under par 272, tying for 6th place with Lydia Go (New Zealand). Done. It is the top 10 recorded in 7 months since the Amundi Evian Championship in July last year. Ko Jin-young, who recorded 4 under par on the first day, only cut 2 strokes each in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, and was tied for 27th until the 3rd round, and was unable to participate in the championship competition. However, she showed her unrivaled performance in the final round and brightened her prospects. 메이저놀이터
On this day, Jinyoung Ko recorded a fairway landing rate of 92.9% (13/14) and a green hit rate of 83.3% (15/18). The number of putts, which was more than 30 in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, was blocked to 28 in the 4th round, and he made 1 eagle and 6 birdies without a bogey while performing a flawless play without a bogey. It is also the first time since the Amundi Evian Championship that Jinyoung Ko recorded an under par in the previous round.
On the 2nd of next month, Ko Jin-young will participate in the HSBC Women’s World Championship held at the Tanjong Course in Sentosa GC, Singapore as a ‘defending champion’ and defend the title. Ko Jin-young said, “Everything is better than last year, including shots and putting. As much as he competes as the defending champion, he wants to show better skills.”
The championship was won by Lilia Bu (USA, photo), who scored a final total of 22 under par and 266 strokes. Boo, who was 4th by 6 strokes in the lead until the 3rd round, made 8 birdies without a bogey and won a come-from-behind victory. Natakrita Wongtawirap (Thailand), who led until the third round, had to be content with finishing runner-up by one stroke. Kim Hyo-joo (28, Lotte) tied for 10th with 15 under par and 273 strokes.