|Born||7 July 1995|
Seoul, South Korea
|Height||5 ft 6.5 in (1.69 m)|
|Sporting nationality||South Korea|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA of Korea Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Ladies European Tour||1|
|LPGA of Korea Tour||11|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|ANA Inspiration||Won: 2019|
|Women's PGA C'ship||T11: 2018|
|U.S. Women's Open||T2: 2020|
|Women's British Open||2nd: 2015|
|Evian Championship||Won: 2019|
|Achievements and awards|
|Revised Romanization||Go Jinyeong|
Ko Jin-young (Korean: 고진영; Hanja: 高眞榮;, born 7 July 1995), also known as Jin Young Ko, is a South Korean professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. By age 22 years, she had won 10 times on the LPGA of Korea Tour, was second at the 2015 Ricoh Women’s British Open, and had won the 2017 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.
Having become a member of the LPGA Tour for the 2018 season, she won her opening tournament in February – the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open – as only the second player in LPGA history to win in her first tournament as a Tour member. With 13 top-10 finishes out of 25 tournaments played in 2018, she was named the LPGA Rookie of the Year, and completed the 2018 season as the 10th-ranked female player in the world.
In 2019, she won her first two LPGA major championships at the ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship. Ko completed the 2019 season with the official money title ($2,773,894), the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average (69.06), and was named LPGA Player of the Year. In 2020, she won the LPGA official money title ($1,667,925) having played in only four tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and finished the season as the number one ranked player in the world.
Having become a professional in 2013 at age 18, Ko won 10 times on the LPGA of Korea Tour over the period 2014 to 2017, winning the Nefs Masterpiece in August 2014 as her first professional victory. In 2015, she was second at the Ricoh Women's British Open. Ko won the 2017 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, after which she announced her plans to join the LPGA Tour in 2018.
Ko played in 25 LPGA Tour events in 2018, missing only one cut and finishing in the top 10 of 13 tournaments. In February, she won the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. For the 2018 season, the LPGA named Ko the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year.
On 24 March 2019, Ko won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup on the LPGA Tour, and on 7 April 2019, she won her first LPGA major championship – the ANA Inspiration. The victory elevated Ko to number one in the Women's World Golf Rankings.
On 25 August 2019, Ko won the Canadian Women's Open in Aurora, Ontario. She shot a tournament record −26 (262) and won by 5 strokes. She did not make a bogey for the entire 72 hole tournament. Ko went bogey-free for a tour-record 114 holes, ending her streak at the Cambia Portland Classic.
Having won the season's money title and Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average, Ko was named the LPGA Rolex Player of the Year for 2019.
On 20 December 2020, Ko won the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.
In July 2021, Ko won the Volunteers of America Classic in The Colony, Texas; in September, she won the Portland Classic in West Linn, Oregon; and in October, she won the Cognizant Founders Cup in West Caldwell, New Jersey. By shooting 66 in her final round at the Founders Cup, she tied Annika Sörenstam's 16-year-old record of 14 consecutive rounds in the 60s. Ko's streak began in the final round of the Evian Championship in July, enabling two wins, a second-place finish, and tied for sixth in the four tournaments of the streak. Ko joined Nelly Korda as the only three-time winners on the LPGA Tour in 2021, and became the fifth South Korean with at least 10 career victories.
Professional wins (21)
LPGA of Korea Tour wins (11)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||17 Aug 2014||Nefs Masterpiece||71-70-70-70=281||−7||1 stroke||Cho Yoon-ji|
|2||26 Apr 2015||Nexen-Saint Nine Masters||70-65-68=203||−13||1 stroke||Lee Seung-hyun|
|3||10 May 2015||KyoChon Honey Ladies Open||70-68-70=208||−11||3 strokes||Bae Seon-woo|
|4||12 Jul 2015||Chojung Sparkling-Yongpyong Resort Open||67-67-69=203||−13||1 stroke||Kim Ye-jin|
|5||1 May 2016||KG-Edaily Ladies Open||64-68-69=201||−15||1 stroke||Kim Min-sun|
|6||17 Jun 2016||BMW Ladies Championship||65-68-72-70=275||−13||2 strokes||Jung Hee-won|
|7||9 Oct 2016||Hite Jinro Championship||70-66-74-70=280||−8||6 strokes||Cho Jeong-min|
|8||13 Aug 2017||Jeju Samdasoo Masters||67-66-66=199||−17||4 strokes||Kim Hae-rym|
|9||17 Sep 2017||BMW Ladies Championship||69-68-67-68=272||−12||1 strokes||Heo Yoon-kyung|
|10||15 Oct 2017||LPGA KEB–Hana Bank Championship1||68-67-66-68=269||−19||2 strokes||Park Sung-hyun|
|11||13 Oct 2019||Hite Jinro Championship||71-71-71-72=285||−3||1 stroke|| Choi Hye-jin, Kim Ji-yeong,|
Lee So-mi, Na Hee-won
1 Co-sanctioned with LPGA Tour
LPGA Tour wins (10)
|Major championships (2)|
|Other LPGA Tour (7)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||15 Oct 2017||LPGA KEB–Hana Bank Championship1||68-67-66-68=269||−19||2 strokes||Park Sung-hyun|
|2||18 Feb 2018||ISPS Handa Australian Women's Open||65-69-71-69=274||−14||3 strokes||Choi Hye-jin|
|3||24 Mar 2019||Bank of Hope Founders Cup||65-72-64-65=266||–22||1 stroke|| Carlota Ciganda|
|4||7 Apr 2019||ANA Inspiration||69-71-68-70=278||–10||3 strokes||Lee Mi-hyang|
|5||28 Jul 2019||The Evian Championship||65-71-66-67=269||−15||2 strokes|| Shanshan Feng |
|6||25 Aug 2019||CP Women's Open||66-67-65-64=262||−26||5 strokes||Nicole Broch Larsen|
|7||20 Dec 2020||CME Group Tour Championship||68-67-69-66=270||−18||5 strokes|| Hannah Green |
|8||4 Jul 2021||Volunteers of America Classic||63-70-66-69=268||−16||1 stroke||Matilda Castren|
|9||19 Sep 2021||Cambia Portland Classic||69-67-69=205||−11||4 strokes|| Lee Jeong-eun |
|10||10 Oct 2021||Cognizant Founders Cup||63-68-69-66=266||−18||4 strokes||Caroline Masson|
1 Co-sanctioned with KLPGA Tour
Other wins (1)
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|2019||ANA Inspiration||1 shot lead||−10 (69-71-68-70=278)||3 strokes||Lee Mi-hyang|
|2019||The Evian Championship||4 shot deficit||–15 (65-71-66-67=269)||2 strokes|| Shanshan Feng, Kim Hyo-joo|
Results not in chronological order before 2019.
|U.S. Women's Open||T15||T17||T16||T2||T7|
|Women's PGA Championship||T11||T14||T46|
|The Evian Championship||28||T39||T26||1||NT||T60|
|Women's British Open||2||CUT||3|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied
|U.S. Women's Open||0||1||0||1||2||5||5||5|
|Women's PGA Championship||0||0||0||0||0||2||3||3|
|The Evian Championship||1||0||0||1||1||1||5||5|
|Women's British Open||0||1||1||2||2||2||3||2|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (2018 Evian – 2021 Evian, current)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 5 (2019 Evian – 2021 U.S. Open)
LPGA Tour career summary
*Includes matchplay and other tournaments without a cut.
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
^ As of 11 October 2021
- The Queens (representing Korea): 2015, 2016 (winners), 2017
- 2018 LPGA Rookie of the Year
- 2019 LPGA Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average
- 2019 Rolex Annika Major Award
- 2019 LPGA leading money winner
- 2019 LPGA Player of the Year
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- "Women's World Golf Rankings". Rolex. 8 April 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
- "Jin Young Ko wins at Evian for 2nd major title of season". CBC Sports. 28 July 2019.
- Nichols, Beth Ann (25 August 2019). "Jin Young Ko wins CP Women's Open for fourth title of the season". Golfweek. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
- Mell, Randall (29 August 2019). "J.Y. Ko passes Tiger, but bogey-free run ends at 114 holes". Golf Channel.
- Levins, Keely (10 October 2021). "Jin Young Ko ties LPGA mark with 14 straight rounds in the 60s, wins in a runaway at the Cognizant Founders Cup". Golf Digest. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
- "Ko gets wire-to-wire win at Founders and ties Annika record". LPGA. Associated Press. 10 October 2021. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
- "Jin Young Ko statistics". LPGA. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
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- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 31 December 2018.
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- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 28 December 2020.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 11 October 2021.