Ko Jin-young: World No. 1 shatters data in HSBC Ladies’s World Championship win


The South Korean’s last spherical of 66 noticed her break Annika Sörenstam’s 16-year-old LPGA document for probably the most consecutive rounds within the 60s. Ko has now carded 15 consecutive rounds within the 60s and 30 consecutive sub-par rounds, one other LPGA document.

This consistency has enabled the world No. 1 to win a outstanding sixth event from her final ten begins; since turning into a member of the LPGA Tour in 2018, she has recorded 13 victories.

“To start with, I am simply pleased with myself to document 60s in 15 rounds straight,” Ko mentioned in a press launch. “So I am so comfortable. I really feel superb proper now.”

Regardless of her record-breaking exploits, it was not a completely easy victory for Ko.

In a single day, she trailed Chun In-gee by one shot, and although Chun’s problem light within the last spherical, Ko made a gradual begin on the final day, carding par within the first seven holes, earlier than storming again with 5 birdies in her last six.

Ko playing a shot during the final round.

Nonetheless, victory wasn’t assured late on as Ko was stage with Minjee Lee on the ultimate tee.

“It is powerful taking part in with two Korean gamers,” Ko mentioned. “They’re superb gamers. So we’re nonetheless shut associates. So it is all the time onerous to be taking part in with the final group, final spherical with the Korean gamers. So I simply hold extra targeted on my physique and my swing.”

In the end, Ko’s nerve held, getting a birdie on the 18th to complete the spherical 6-under par and 17-under on combination, whereas Lee’s shot into the bunker left her on 15-under par for the event, tying for second with Chun.

These should not the primary data damaged throughout Ko’s excellent profession thus far. Her streak of 114 consecutive bogey-free holes in 2019 is the longest recognized in LPGA and PGA Tour historical past, surpassing Tiger Woods’ earlier document of 110. In her quick profession, in the meantime, she has spent a complete of 116 weeks as world No.1, second solely to LPGA legend Lorena Ochoa.

Ko’s subsequent LPGA begin would be the first main of the 12 months: the Chevron Championship — previously the ANA Inspiration — in Rancho Mirage, California. She is predicted to face off with Nelly Korda, her major rival for the world No.1 spot, for the primary time this season.

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