|Born||7 July 1995|
Seoul, South Korea
|Height||5 ft 6.5 in (1.69 m)|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA of Korea Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|LPGA of Korea Tour||10|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|ANA Inspiration||Won: 2019|
|Women's PGA C'ship||T11: 2018|
|U.S. Women's Open||T15: 2017|
|Women's British Open||2nd: 2015|
|Evian Championship||T26: 2018|
|Achievements and awards|
|LPGA Rookie of the Year||2018|
|Revised Romanization||Go Jinyeong|
Ko Jin-young (Korean: 고진영, 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 LPGA major championship at the ANA Inspiration.
- 1 Professional career
- 2 Professional wins (14)
- 3 Major championships
- 4 LPGA Tour career summary
- 5 World rank
- 6 Team appearances
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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.
Professional wins (14)
LPGA of Korea Tour wins (10)
|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|
1 Co-sanctioned with LPGA Tour
LPGA Tour wins (4)
|Major championships (1)|
|Other LPGA Tour (3)|
|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|
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|
Results not in chronological order before 2019.
|U.S. Women's Open||DNP||DNP||T15||T17|
|Women's PGA Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||T11|
|The Evian Championship||28||T39||DNP||T26|
|Women's British Open||2||DNP||DNP||CUT|
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|U.S. Women's Open||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||2|
|Women's PGA Championship||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||1|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||3|
|Women's British Open||0||1||0||1||1||1||2||1|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (twice)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice, current)
LPGA Tour career summary
- Official as of 20 April 2019
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
1 As of 22 April 2019
- The Queens (representing Korea): 2015, 2016 (winners), 2017
- "Jin Young Ko, Bio". LPGA. 1 April 2019. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
- Nichols, Beth Ann (23 October 2018). "Jin Young Ko clinches LPGA Rookie of the Year award". Golfweek. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
- "Inbee Park Wins Women's British Open, Captures 4th Different Major". Golf.com. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
- "Ko wins LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship". Fox Sports Asia. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
- Lamport-Stokes, Mark (22 November 2017). "Jin Young Ko makes decision to take up LPGA Tour membership in 2018". LPGA. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
- "Jin Young Ko, 2018 Results". LPGA. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
- Nichols, Beth Ann (18 February 2018). "Jin Young Ko posts wire-to-wire win at Women's Australian Open". Golfweek. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
- "Jin Young Ko wins ANA Inspiration for first major". ESPN. Associated Press. 7 April 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". Rolex. 8 April 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
- "Jin Young Ko statistics and results". LPGA. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 31 December 2018.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 22 April 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- LPGA Tour of Korea profile (in Korean)
- Ko Jin-young at the LPGA Tour official site
- Ko Jin-young at the Women's World Golf Rankings official site
- Profile on SeoulSisters.com
| World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
8 April 2019 – present