Ko finishes strong to win LPGA player of the year award

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Nov 21 (Reuters) – Ko Jin-young earned her second LPGA player of the year award after firing a glowing remaining spherical nine-under 63 to defend her title at the CME Group Tour Championship in Tiburon on Sunday.

The 26-year-old South Korean ended the year on a tear, profitable 5 of the final 9 LPGA tournaments she competed in and edging American Olympic gold medalist Nelly Korda for the player of the year award.

“It’s a really great honor to get the player of the year … I’m so proud of myself,” Ko, who additionally took dwelling the sport’s largest award in 2019, advised reporters.

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Ko has not too long ago been battling a left wrist damage that saved her practices to a minimal, however you wouldn’t realize it as the two-time main champion carded 23-under 265 in Tiburon.

“I didn’t practice at all for this week, not even Monday or Tuesday,” she stated after incomes her twelfth tour victory.

“But I still played really well this week. I couldn’t believe I was hitting every shot so straight and how every putt went in. It was cool.”

Ko started Sunday’s spherical in a four-way tie for the lead and ended with a one-stroke win over Japan’s Nasa Hataoka.

“I had to make a lot of birdies on the front nine, and I made it,” she stated of her sizzling begin, the place she shot a 30 earlier than making the flip.

“So I didn’t look at the score board until 12 or 13. But I knew Nelly and Nasa were playing well, so I just wanted to keep within myself and not look at the score board or the other players.”

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Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Himani Sarkar

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Golf - Women's Individual - Final - Round 2 - Kasumigaseki Country Club - Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan - August 5, 2021. Ko Jin Young of South Korea in action. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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