LPGA Founders Cup 3rd win<BR>I came out after watching Im Seong-jae’s match the day before<BR>Winned after overtime with Lee Min-ji<BR>15 wins in total, 2 wins this season<BR>Complete recovery from last year’s injury and slump Jin-young Ko (28)
and Im Seong-jae ( 25) is the ace leading Korean golf from the front. Ko Jin-young is currently ranked third in women’s golf and Lim Seong-jae is ranked 18th in men’s golf, the highest in the world among Korean players. In October 2021, for the first time in Korean golf history, he also lifted the championship cup on the same day (based on the date in Korea) on the US men’s and women’s tour.
On the 14th (local time), Ko Jin-young achieved her 15th career victory at the LPGA Tour Cognitive Founders Cup (total prize money of 3 million dollars). It was a win she won after overtime after starting in a tie for fourth, four strokes behind the leader. He said, “I watched the highlight video of Im Seong-jae’s game this morning.” Im Seong-jae started the 4th round of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour Woori Finance Championship on the 14th in Korea time with a tie for 4th place, 5 strokes from the lead, and won the come-from-behind victory. Lim Seong-jae, who played on the PGA Tour and played in a domestic tournament after 3 years and 7 months, endured with mental strength even though he had difficulty adjusting to jet lag. Ko Jin-young said, “Lim Seong-jae’s 5-stroke come-from-behind victory encouraged me,” and “I thought that if I played well like Seong-jae, I would have a chance to win, and I really focused.”
In the final 4th round of the tournament held at Upper Montclair Country Club (par 72, 6536 yards) in New Jersey, USA, Ko Jin-young caught only 5 birdies without bogey. He overcame difficult conditions, including narrow fairways, hard greens, and strong winds. On the other hand, defending champion Lee Min-ji (27, Australia), who started as the sole leader, only reduced one stroke with 4 birdies, 1 bogey and 1 double bogey. Ko Jin-young and Lee Min-ji, who tied for a final total of 13 under par 275, played an overtime in the 18th hole (par 4).
Lee Min-ji sent her second shot to the 5m mark of the hole and took a birdie opportunity, but collapsed with a three-putt bogey. Ko Jin-young, who recorded a two-putt par, won the prize money of 450,000 dollars (approximately 600 million won). Lee Min-ji played 4 overtimes on the LPGA tour until this day, recording 1 win and 3 losses, while Ko Jin-young finished both overtimes with victories. With this, Jinyoung Ko has surpassed her career prize money of 11 million dollars (approximately 14.7 billion won).
Ko Jin-young, who added the championship in two months, achieved his second win of the season. It is the third time to win this tournament after 2019 and 2021. “It is meaningful because it was a different course each time,” he said. In 2019, the venue was Wildfire Golf Club, Arizona, and in 2021, Mountain Ridge Country Club, New Jersey. Ko Jin-young said that she was very 메이저놀이터 tired after participating in the tournament for four consecutive weeks until this week. He usually arrives on the course two hours before the race to practice and warm up, but this week he arrived an hour earlier to conserve energy and reduced the amount of practice. “I was so tired, there was no such thing as a game plan,” he said. “I didn’t care about the other players, I just thought of myself.”
Ko Jin-young, who has fully recovered from last year’s sluggishness due to a wrist injury, plans to intensively train for ball striking in the United States with coach Lee Si-woo (42) without participating in the competition for the next two weeks. “My goal is to keep my swing, which shook a lot last year, solidly this year,” he said. Four major tournaments will continue from the end of next month to August. With this victory, Ko Jin-young accumulated 20 points in the LPGA Hall of Fame. 2 points for major championships, 1 point each for general tournament championships, lowest stroker award, player of the year award, and Olympic gold medal, and 27 points are required to qualify for admission. “The Hall of Fame has been a big goal since I was 10 years old,” he said.
Korean women’s golf has suffered a slump in recent years. Last week, at the International Crown, a national competition, I even tasted the shock of being eliminated from the group stage. Just as Lim Seong-jae has been a good stimulus for her Jin-young Ko, attention is focusing on whether her rising trend can change the atmosphere of Korean women’s golf. Yoo Hae-ran (22), who ranked 4th (8 under par) in this tournament and achieved her best result after her debut, said, “I want Jinyoung, who always appears on top, to see her older sister’s play. She’s working hard,” she said. Yoo Hae-ran is ranked #1 in the Rookie of the Year rankings for her all season.