Ko Jin-young Secures 10th LPGA Tour Title at Founders Cup

  • By Choi Soo-hyun

    October 12, 2021 10:12

    Ko Jin-young has become the fifth Korean to win at least 10 LPGA Tour titles after claiming a wire-to-wire victory at the Cognizant Founders Cup in New Jersey over the weekend. She joins an elite group including Pak Se-ri (25 wins), Park In-bee (21), Kim Sei-young (12) and Shin Ji-yai (11).

    Ko carded an overall 18-under 266 to finish four strokes ahead of Caroline Masson of Germany. She led the tournament from the first round and made six birdies and one bogey in the final round, which she finished with a 5-under 66, her 14th consecutive round in the 60s. That matched a record set by Annika Sorenstam in 2005.

    Sunday's win was her third win of the season after the Volunteers of America Classic in July and the Portland Classic in September.

    Ko Jin-young (center) celebrates her win at the Cognizant Founders Cup in West Caldwell, New Jersey on Oct. 10. /UPI-Yonhap

    Ko was the defending champion at the Founders Cup, as she won the event in 2019 and it was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    "I felt pressure to play well, as I could have done better last week," said Ko, who finished runner-up at the ShopRite LPGA Classic last week, just one stroke behind the winner. "My goal today was to finish the round with no bogey, but I'm satisfied."

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