Jin Young Ko wins ANA Inspiration for first major title

Getty Images

Getty Images

Golfer Ko Jin Young joined the long list of South Korean LPGA major champions yesterday morning (Singapore time) with a three-shot victory over compatriot Lee Mi Hyang at the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California. That gave her exemption for the LPGA Tour for 2018, and Ko won her first official LPGA start in February previous year at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

"This creates great memory here", an emotional Ko said.

The world No. 5 took home $450,000 to become the first player to surpass $1 million in earnings this year.

"I won the tournament and that's a happy moment", Ko said through tears of joy. "It's a historical place, and this golf course sets up really well for me".

Ko, the 2016 KLPGA Player of the Year, had nine career wins on the domestic tour when she claimed her first LPGA victory at the KEB Hana Bank Championship on home soil in October 2017. "Also, I really try, don't think about future, doesn't matter".

"I won. I can believe it now". Despite a wobble on the back-nine with bogeys on the 13th and 15th, the destiny of this event always seemed to be in the hands of Ko, who birdied the 16th and 18th to fulfil an emotional dream at this iconic tournament, one that she had coveted the most, celebrating with the traditional leap into Poppie's Pond.

Kim said she struggled to find her best form Saturday, with Ko overtaking her. "I'm not a robot". In three previous appearances at the ANA Inspiration, Ko's best finish was T-64 past year.

Not surprisingly, Minjee Lee was again solid on the weekend and her 71 moved her up to one under and a share of 21 place.

"I had couple rounds on this course with my coach", Ko said. The Englishman also leaped into Poppie's Pond with Grace Park in 2004 and Lorena Ochoa in 2008.

"Everyone knows what they're playing for, that this is a major championship", Kang said. "He helps me all the time on the course".

She finished at 10-under 278.

"Was good comeback", Lee said. It was her second bogey in three holes.

"It feels wonderful", Thompson said about her strong finish. "I was getting down a little bit, but he just kept me right in there playing aggressively the whole day - making those birdies and just firing at every pin I could".

Carlota Ciganda closed with a 68 to be tied for fourth at 283 with Kim and a 66 put Kristen Gillman at 284 along with Jessica Korda, Ally McDonald, Hyo Joo Kim, Kang and Jeongeun Lee6. The 30-year-old South Korean lost a chance to win the event seven years after missing a 14-inch putt on the final hole of regulation and losing on the first hole of a playoff.

Kim declined to comment after the round.

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., is tied for eighth at 2 under.

Notícias recomendadas

  • OnePlus 7 Pro real life image surfaces online, revealing key specifications

    OnePlus 7 Pro real life image surfaces online, revealing key specifications

    On the software side, it is said to ship with Android 9 Pie operating system with custom Oxygen OS skin on top. The size of the display will be 6.67 inches and it will probably carry support for full HD+ resolution.
    Mercedes-AMG Teases New York-Bound CLA 35 Sporty Four-Door Coupe

    Mercedes-AMG Teases New York-Bound CLA 35 Sporty Four-Door Coupe

    Mercedes-AMG has dropped a pair of teasers of its latest model, the CLA 35 , set to premiere at next week's New York Auto Show . The main difference between the CLA 35 and the A35 is that the CLA is a four-door coupe and the A-Class is a sedan.
    Adani coal mine a step closer with Environment Minister endorsing groundwater approvals

    Adani coal mine a step closer with Environment Minister endorsing groundwater approvals

    Environment Minister Melissa Price has been under pressure from Nationals MP to approve the Adani groundwater plan. The federal government is not providing any financial support to the mine or to its rail project, she said.
  • USA  forces: 3 Marines killed, Afghan contractor wounded

    USA forces: 3 Marines killed, Afghan contractor wounded

    Five Afghan civilians were wounded in the wake of the attack, local officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Benjamin Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania, was also killed with Hendricks and Slutman, US military officials said.
    Camila Cabello to Star in New ‘Cinderella’ Movie for Sony

    Camila Cabello to Star in New ‘Cinderella’ Movie for Sony

    The film will be helmed by Kay Cannon , the director of Blockers , and is set up at Sony's Columbia label. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Sony, the studio behind the project, is moving along full steam ahead.
    DE BLASIO'S NYC: Mayor Declares 'Health Emergency' as Measles Outbreak Hits Brooklyn

    DE BLASIO'S NYC: Mayor Declares 'Health Emergency' as Measles Outbreak Hits Brooklyn

    Officials said they would help people arrange to get shots but were prepared to fine them as much as $1,000 if they refused. Outbreaks of the measles - a disease thought to be all but eliminated in the US - have health officials concerned.
  • State Department bars 16 Saudis from USA over roles in Khashoggi murder

    United States intelligence agencies have reportedly concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the murder. Asked if standing by the kingdom meant standing by MBS, Trump responded: "Well, at this moment, it certainly does".

    Prince Harry to work with Oprah Winfrey on TV project

    How much editorial input and control will he exercise? But TV exposure has proved a double-edged sword for the Royal Family. The multi-part documentary series will air on Apple TV in 2020 and will focus on both mental illness and mental wellness.
    China wants to ban bitcoin mining, traders say move not a surprise

    China wants to ban bitcoin mining, traders say move not a surprise

    It also forced some large cryptocurrency mining companies to move their headquarters elsewhere. The prospectus forecasts that sales in China would rise to 35.6 billion yuan by 2020.
  • This photo could land you the death penalty

    This photo could land you the death penalty

    According to the deputy chief, authorities will be required to enforce the new rules under the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
    'Shazam!' debuts with $53.5 million

    'Shazam!' debuts with $53.5 million

    The stiff competition in similar-styled holdovers could have slightly depressed results for both " Shazam! " and " Pet Sematary ". The psychological thriller, starring Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, hit $200 million in ticket sales worldwide.
    Young star Leclerc eyes victory in F1s 1,000th race

    Young star Leclerc eyes victory in F1s 1,000th race

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has emphasised that the squad is not daunted by the challenge it faces in Formula 1 from Ferrari this season.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.