For the second time in a row, Jin Young Ko is confirmed as the queen of the Founders Cup. In A West Caldwell, New Jersey, a “wire-to-wire” success for the South Korean who had already managed to win the competition in 2019 (in 2020 the tournament was canceled for Covid). World number 2, with a total of 266 (63 68 69 66, -18) she dominated the scene from the first to the last round and now she returns to focus on the leadership of Nelly Korda. Like the American (gold medalist at the Tokyo Games), the 26-year-old from Seoul took her third success of 2021 on the LPGA Tour (for a total of 10 titles, a figure including two majors, the ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship won in 2019). Not only. Jin Young Ko became the first player since 2019, again after Nelly Korda (Taiwan LPGA Swinging champion in 2018 and 2019), to successfully defend the title in an event on the top American women’s circuit. She was the fifth “wire-to-wire” winner of the LPGA Tour 2021, she clearly outperformed the competition of the German Caroline Masson, second with 270 (-14). On the route of the Mountain Ridge Country Club (par 71), her third place with 273 (-11) for the American Elizabeth Szokol, fourth with 274 (-10) for the South Korean Jeongeun Lee6 and the Filipina Yuka Saso. Top 10 for Jessica Korda (Nelly’s sister), sixth with 275 (-9) like compatriot Lindsey Weaver, Mexican Gaby Lopez and South Korean A Lim Kim and So Yeon Ryu. She did not go beyond the 19th place (279, -5) Nelly Korda, returning after the defeat in the Solheim Cup and not in the best of conditions for a shoulder problem.
Jin Young Ko, Founders Cup
With this success, Jin Young Ko returns to focus on world leadership, which she has already occupied for 12 weeks at the beginning of 2019 and for 100 consecutive weeks from 20 July 2019 to 27 June 2021. she continues to collect trophies and reach goals , Jin Young Ko. Which in her palmares also boasts 11 titles on the LPGA of Korea Tour. For her it is the second exploit in a month on the LPGA Tour, which comes after the one signed last September at the Cambia Portland Classic. And that this time she brought her $ 450,000 for a prize pool of 3,000,000 (the highest figure for an LPGA Tour tournament, with the exception of the Majors and the CME Group Tour Championship).
Her earnings in her career rise to 7,257,239, making her the 40th player in the history of the LPGA Tour to cross the 7,000,000 mark. Not only. With this result she is the fifth South Korean to reach double figures (in terms of victories) on the circuit, joining Se Ri Pak (25), Inbee Park (21), Sei Young Kim (12) and Jiyai Shin (11).