World No. 1 Ko Jin-young Sweeps LPGA Year-End Awards

  • By Choi Soo-hyun

    November 26, 2019 11:21

    World No. 1 Ko Jin-young has achieved her ambition of sweeping the season's major honors on the women's professional golfing tour -- and in the U.S., what's more, rather than in Korea.

    In 2015, when she was in her second year on the KLPGA Tour, the then 20-year-old said hopefully, "I want to win all the titles and awards on offer." The goal eluded her in Korea, but over the weekend she finally achieved it on the U.S. LPGA Tour, where she made her debut only in February last year.

    She was already declared the winner of the Rolex Player of the Year and Rolex Annika Major Award last week and added the money title and the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average on Sunday as the season wrapped up.

    Ko Jin-young (center) poses with her trophies along with her caddie David Brooker (left) and her father Ko Sung-tae after wrapping up the season in Florida on Sunday. /AFP-Yonhap

    Kim Sei-young's win at the season finale of the CME Group Tour Championship turned out to be a stroke of luck for Ko.

    Kim, who was in eighth place on the money list, ended in second place with US$2.75 million after the event, which carried the biggest-ever prize money for a single win in the history of women's golf, at $1.5 million.

    Ko finished tied for 11th at the event and added $59,613, maintaining the top spot on the list with $2.77 million. Her scoring average for the season was 69.062, way ahead of Kim Hyo-joo in second place at 69.408.

    Ko became the fourth player to sweep the money title, Player of the Year and the Vare Trophy in a single season while holding the world No. 1 ranking, after Lorena Ochoa of Mexico in 2007 and 2008, Yani Tseng of Taiwan in 2011 and Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand in 2018. She is also the first Korean golfer to achieve the feat.

    Ko posted a picture of herself smiling with the trophies on her Instagram account with a message saying, "I will work even harder to become a better golfer. I will rest after next week and I will keep going."

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