Becoming the first 3 winners of the Founders Cup
“It’s a great honor… I’m already looking forward to next year”
Leave 7 points until entering the Hall of Fame
“I want to achieve good grades toward my childhood dream”“I am already looking forward to next year.”
On the 15th, Ko Jin-young defeated Lee Min-ji (Australia) in overtime at the LPGA Tour Cognitive Founders Cup held at Upper Montclair CC (par 72) in Clifton, New Jersey, USA, and completed a come-from-behind victory by 4 strokes. came out
After winning the first championship in 2019, Ko Jin-young, who successfully defended the title in the 2021 competition, which resumed after two years due to the Corona 19 pandemic, lifted the third championship cup in two years.
Ko Jin-young, who became the first three-time champion by surpassing Kari Webb (2011, 2014, Australia) in 12 competitions since 2011, said, “The first competition in 2019 was in Phoenix (Arizona), and 2021 was a different course. He looked back on his unique relationship with the Founders Cup, saying, “He won three times on each course.”
“My first year at this course last year was not good. So this time, the goal was to pass the cut and finish in the 10th or 20th place,” said Jinyoung Ko.
The day before, Im Seong-jae’s come-from-behind victory by 5 strokes at the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour Woori Financial Championship was a great boost to Ko Jin-young. He said, “I made up my mind to not worry about other players and focus only on my own play, and I focused on every shot without looking at the scoreboard,” he talked about the process that led to the comeback.
The overtime played on the 18th hole (par 4) gave Ko Jin-young great confidence. On the same day, Ko Jin-young put in a downhill birdie putt of about 7m at the 18th hole of the regular round, where he was beaten by Lee Min-ji by one stroke, and tied for the lead and won the overtime. For four days, Ko Jin-young caught a birdie here, and Min-ji Lee lost one stroke. The difference continued in overtime, and Ko Jin-young succeeded in making a par save, and Min-ji Lee collapsed with a 3-putt instead of a birdie opportunity.토토사이트
With this win, Ko Jin-young earned 20 of the 27 points she needed to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame. He accumulated 17 points (1 major win, 2 points) with 15 career wins, including 2 major wins, and added 3 points as Player of the Year twice (2019, 2021) and lowest stroke award (Bear Trophy 2019).
Ko Jin-young, who started competing with Lilia Boo (USA), who won two seasons side by side, said, “Entering the Hall of Fame is a dream I built when I was 10 or 11 years old. He expressed his confidence this year, saying, “I want to perform as good as 2019 (4 wins including 2 major wins).”
Ko Jin-young will not participate in the Match Play competition next week and will participate in the Mizuho Championship in the first week of June.