Ko Jin-young

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Ko Jin-young
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Personal information
Born (1995-07-07) 7 July 1995 (age 26)
Seoul, South Korea
Height5 ft 6.5 in (1.69 m)
Sporting nationality South Korea
Career
Turned professional2013
Current tour(s)LPGA of Korea Tour
LPGA Tour
Professional wins21
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour10
Ladies European Tour1
LPGA of Korea Tour11
ALPG Tour1
Other1
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 2)
ANA InspirationWon: 2019
Women's PGA C'shipT11: 2018
U.S. Women's OpenT2: 2020
Women's British Open2nd: 2015
Evian ChampionshipWon: 2019
Achievements and awards
LPGA Player of the Year2019
LPGA Vare Trophy2019
LPGA Rookie of the Year2018
LPGA Tour
Leading money winner
2019, 2020
Race to the CME Globe2020
Rolex Annika Major Award2019
Ko Jin-young
Hangul
고진영
Hanja
Revised RomanizationGo Jinyeong
McCune–ReischauerKo Chinyŏng

Ko Jin-young (Korean고진영; 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.[1]

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.[1] With 13 top-10 finishes out of 25 tournaments played in 2018, she was named the LPGA Rookie of the Year,[1][2] 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.[3] 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.

Professional career[edit]

2013–2017[edit]

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.[4] Ko won the 2017 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship,[5] after which she announced her plans to join the LPGA Tour in 2018.[6]

2018[edit]

Ko played in 25 LPGA Tour events in 2018, missing only one cut and finishing in the top 10 of 13 tournaments.[7] In February, she won the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.[8] For the 2018 season, the LPGA named Ko the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year.[1]

2019[edit]

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.[9] The victory elevated Ko to number one in the Women's World Golf Rankings.[10]

On 28 July 2019, Ko clinched her second major title of the season, firing a final round 4-under 67 in the rain to win the Evian Championship by two shots with a 15-under total of 269.[11]

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.[12] Ko went bogey-free for a tour-record 114 holes, ending her streak at the Cambia Portland Classic.[13]

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.[3]

2020[edit]

On 20 December 2020, Ko won the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.

2021[edit]

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.[14][15] 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.[14][15] 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.[15] 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.[14][15]

Professional wins (21)[edit]

LPGA of Korea Tour wins (11)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 17 Aug 2014 Nefs Masterpiece 71-70-70-70=281 −7 1 stroke South Korea Cho Yoon-ji
2 26 Apr 2015 Nexen-Saint Nine Masters 70-65-68=203 −13 1 stroke South Korea Lee Seung-hyun
3 10 May 2015 KyoChon Honey Ladies Open 70-68-70=208 −11 3 strokes South Korea Bae Seon-woo
4 12 Jul 2015 Chojung Sparkling-Yongpyong Resort Open 67-67-69=203 −13 1 stroke South Korea Kim Ye-jin
5 1 May 2016 KG-Edaily Ladies Open 64-68-69=201 −15 1 stroke South Korea Kim Min-sun
6 17 Jun 2016 BMW Ladies Championship 65-68-72-70=275 −13 2 strokes South Korea Jung Hee-won
7 9 Oct 2016 Hite Jinro Championship 70-66-74-70=280 −8 6 strokes South Korea Cho Jeong-min
8 13 Aug 2017 Jeju Samdasoo Masters 67-66-66=199 −17 4 strokes South Korea Kim Hae-rym
9 17 Sep 2017 BMW Ladies Championship 69-68-67-68=272 −12 1 strokes South Korea Heo Yoon-kyung
10 15 Oct 2017 LPGA KEB–Hana Bank Championship1 68-67-66-68=269 −19 2 strokes South Korea Park Sung-hyun
11 13 Oct 2019 Hite Jinro Championship 71-71-71-72=285 −3 1 stroke South Korea Choi Hye-jin, South Korea Kim Ji-yeong,
South Korea Lee So-mi, South Korea Na Hee-won

1 Co-sanctioned with LPGA Tour

LPGA Tour wins (10)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other LPGA Tour (7)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 15 Oct 2017 LPGA KEB–Hana Bank Championship1 68-67-66-68=269 −19 2 strokes South Korea Park Sung-hyun
2 18 Feb 2018 ISPS Handa Australian Women's Open 65-69-71-69=274 −14 3 strokes South Korea Choi Hye-jin
3 24 Mar 2019 Bank of Hope Founders Cup 65-72-64-65=266 –22 1 stroke Spain Carlota Ciganda
United States Jessica Korda
United States Nelly Korda
China Yu Liu
4 7 Apr 2019 ANA Inspiration 69-71-68-70=278 –10 3 strokes South Korea Lee Mi-hyang
5 28 Jul 2019 The Evian Championship 65-71-66-67=269 −15 2 strokes China Shanshan Feng
South Korea Kim Hyo-joo
United States Jennifer Kupcho
6 25 Aug 2019 CP Women's Open 66-67-65-64=262 −26 5 strokes Denmark Nicole Broch Larsen
7 20 Dec 2020 CME Group Tour Championship 68-67-69-66=270 −18 5 strokes Australia Hannah Green
South Korea Kim Sei-young
8 4 Jul 2021 Volunteers of America Classic 63-70-66-69=268 −16 1 stroke Finland Matilda Castren
9 19 Sep 2021 Cambia Portland Classic 69-67-69=205 −11 4 strokes South Korea Lee Jeong-eun
Australia Su-Hyun Oh
10 10 Oct 2021 Cognizant Founders Cup 63-68-69-66=266 −18 4 strokes Germany Caroline Masson

1 Co-sanctioned with KLPGA Tour

Other wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2019 ANA Inspiration 1 shot lead −10 (69-71-68-70=278) 3 strokes South Korea Lee Mi-hyang
2019 The Evian Championship 4 shot deficit –15 (65-71-66-67=269) 2 strokes China Shanshan Feng, South Korea Kim Hyo-joo
United States Jennifer Kupcho

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2019.

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
ANA Inspiration T71 CUT T64 1 T7
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
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 1 0 0 1 2 2 5 4
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
Totals 2 2 1 5 7 12 20 18
  • 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[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Birdies
(rank)
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2018 25 24 1 1 1 13 1 374
(7)
1,159,005 10 69.81 3
2019 22 22 4 3 2 12 1 348
(14)
2,773,894 1 69.06 1
2020 4 4 1 1 0 3 1 52
(128)
1,667,925 1 69.69 n/a
2021 ^ 16 15 3 1T 1T 10 1 228
(27)
1,656,415 2 69.38 2

^ Official as of 11 October 2021[16][17]

*Includes matchplay and other tournaments without a cut.

World rank[edit]

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.

Year World
ranking
Source
2018 10 [18]
2019 1 [19]
2020 1 [20]
2021 2 ^ [21]

^ As of 11 October 2021

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

  • The Queens (representing Korea): 2015, 2016 (winners), 2017

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Jin Young Ko, Bio". LPGA. 1 April 2019. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b Nichols, Beth Ann (23 October 2018). "Jin Young Ko clinches LPGA Rookie of the Year award". Golfweek. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Jin Young Ko Captures Vare Trophy and Official Money Title at CME Group Tour Championship". LPGA. 24 November 2019. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Inbee Park Wins Women's British Open, Captures 4th Different Major". Golf.com. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Ko wins LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship". Fox Sports Asia. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  6. ^ Lamport-Stokes, Mark (22 November 2017). "Jin Young Ko makes decision to take up LPGA Tour membership in 2018". LPGA. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Jin Young Ko, 2018 Results". LPGA. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  8. ^ Nichols, Beth Ann (18 February 2018). "Jin Young Ko posts wire-to-wire win at Women's Australian Open". Golfweek. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Jin Young Ko wins ANA Inspiration for first major". ESPN. Associated Press. 7 April 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". Rolex. 8 April 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Jin Young Ko wins at Evian for 2nd major title of season". CBC Sports. 28 July 2019.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Mell, Randall (29 August 2019). "J.Y. Ko passes Tiger, but bogey-free run ends at 114 holes". Golf Channel.
  14. ^ a b c 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.
  15. ^ a b c d "Ko gets wire-to-wire win at Founders and ties Annika record". LPGA. Associated Press. 10 October 2021. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  16. ^ "Jin Young Ko statistics". LPGA. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  17. ^ "Jin Young Ko results". LPGA. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  18. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 31 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 30 December 2019.
  20. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 28 December 2020.
  21. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 11 October 2021.

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
8 April 2019 – 30 June 2019
Succeeded by
Preceded by
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
29 July 2019 – 27 June 2021
Succeeded by