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Jin Young Ko Takes CME Title PDF Print E-mail

 


(AP) Naples, Florida - Jin Young Ko missed most of the LPGA Tour


season and still won the year long money title. That's what a $1.1


million check does.



Ko, the No. 1 player in the world, put an emphatic capper on her

truncated year Sunday by shooting a final-round 6-under 66 and

winning the CME Group Tour Championship by five strokes over

Hannah Green and Sei Young Kim.


"I still can't believe it, that I'm here, that I won this tournament,"

Ko said. With a birdie on the final hole, the LPGA's final putt of the

season, Ko finished at 18 under for her seventh career LPGA win.

Green's final-round 67 - on her 24th birthday - helped push her

into the second-place tie.


Kim, who took a one-shot lead into the final round, shot 72 and

that was good enough for her to clinch Rolex Player of the Year

honors. Danielle Kang won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring

average. "Feels like a pretty solid accomplishment in 2020, to be

honest," Kang said.


Ko started the final round one shot back of Kim and opened with

a birdie. The key stretch was Ko's run of three straight birdies on

the 12th through the 14th - her longest such run of the week. She

left a chance for a fourth in a row just left of the cup on 15, then

all but wrapped up the win with another birdie on the 16th. The win

wrapped up a wire-to-wire year in the No. 1 spot for Ko, who has

held the ranking since July 29, 2019. She moved to $5,600,824 in

career earnings, making her the 71st player in LPGA history to

cross the $5 million mark.


Her approach Sunday was quite simple: "I just (thought), OK, 18

holes left and then go to home," Ko said. She's going back to South

Korea as a winner, too.


Ko played only four LPGA events in 2020 - she competed six times

on the Korean LPGA while riding out the coronavirus pandemic at

home - but Sunday's win and a check for $487,286 for finishing

second in last week's U.S. Women's Open helped push her season

earnings to $1,667,925. That would have been good for fifth-best

on tour last season, when each of the 21 leading money-winners

all appeared in at least 20 events.

 

Scores:

https://www.lpga.com/tournaments/cme-group-tour-championship/results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
A Lim Kim Wins U.S Women's Open PDF Print E-mail

 

 

A.Lim Kim celebrates after winning the U.S Women's Open in Houston.

 

 

(USGA Report) Houston - Two years ago, A Lim Kim registered her first

LPGA Tour of Korea victory at the Se Ri Pak Invitational. It came 20 years

after that tournament’s namesake produced a seminal moment in women’s

golf for the Republic of Korea, a victory in the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open.

Now the 25-year-old will have her name etched on the same iconic trophy.


Kim closed out the weather-delayed final round of the 75th U.S. Women’s

Open at Champions Golf Club on a chilly Monday in southeast Texas

with three consecutive birdies to edge countrywoman and world No. 1

Jin Young Ko and Amy Olson by one stroke. Her 4-under-par 67

matched the lowest round of the championship and gave her a 3-under

total of 281. Hinako Shibuno, the 54-hole leader, finished two strokes

back.


The No. 94 player in the Rolex Rankings became the 10th different

Korean to claim the Harton S. Semple Trophy since Pak’s breakthrough

moment 22 years ago at Blackwolf Run. That win also came on a

Monday, in what became a 20-hole playoff victory over amateur Jenny

Chuasiriporn.


Kim also became the third Korean in the last 15 years to win the oldest

major championship in women’s golf in her first start, joining Birdie Kim

(2005) and In Gee Chun (2015). Only two others – Patty Berg in the

inaugural event in 1946 and Kathy Cornelius 10 years later – had

managed to win this title in their first start. In fact, this was Kim’s

first-ever competition in the United States and her first women’s major.


When the result became official, defending champion Jeongeun Lee6

and another Korean competitor gave the new winner a celebratory

shower in the Player Hospitality tent.


“Can't really describe it in words,” said Kim through a translator. “I

never expected that I was going to appear in the U.S. Women's Open.

I still can't feel what it's like right now, but I'll probably feel it when

the ceremony and everything wraps up today.”


The championship had to be completed on Monday due to nearly

three-quarters of an inch of rain that saturated the Cypress Creek

Course on Sunday. Only twice before had a non-playoff round of the

U.S. Women’s Open been completed on a Monday: 1987 at Plainfield

Country Club, where a Tuesday 18-hole playoff was required, and

2011 at The Broadmoor, where fellow Korean, So Yeon Ryu, prevailed

in a three-hole aggregate playoff over compatriot Hee Kyung Seo.

 


Scoring:

https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/championships/2020/u-s--women-s-open.html#!scoring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Hovland Wins Mayakoba Classic PDF Print E-mail

 

Viktor Hovland celebrates his second victory on the PGA Tour

 

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico — Viktor Hovland captured his second victory

on the PGA Tour - the Mayakoba Classic after pouring in a clutch putt on

the 72nd hole, finishing at 20-under 264. Hovland saved par from 40-yards

from a waste area on the 16th hole, and then poured in the winning 12-foot

birdie putt at the last to beat Aaron Wise by one shot and win for the second

time this year.


The 23-year-old Norwegian, who starred at Oklahoma State has made a

habit of winning in dramatic form. Hovland won the Puerto Rico Open in

February for his first TOUR title by holing a 30-footer on the last hole.

“I was shaking there at the end,” Hovland said after closing with a 6-under

65. “I thought I lost it after second shot on 16. I made an awesome par

there. I knew I had to make birdie on 18.”


Wise closed with a 63 but missed putts from 12 feet on both the 17th &

18th holes at El Camaleon Golf Club. “I played 17 aggressive off the tee.

On 18, I hit two great shots,” Wise said. “I hit every shot as good as I

could hit it. I just couldn't get them to drop.”


Hovland had a hot start with four birdies in the first six holes and built a

two-shot lead going into the inward half. Hovland moved to third in the

FedExCup standings.

 

Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Streb Wins RSM at Sea Island PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Robert Streb celebrates after winning again at Sea Island.

 

 

 

St.Simons Island, Georgia - Robert Streb is finally a winner on the PGA

Tour again after he won the RSM Classic in a playoff at Sea Island on

Sunday. Streb, who also won the RSM back in 2014, beat Kevin Kisner

on the second playoff hole to capture the win at Sea Island Golf Resort.


Both players finished at 19 under par in regulation, Kisner fired a final

round 63 that vaulted him up leaderboard. Streb's final-round 68, was

enough to force extra holes. After both made par on the first attempt,

it was Streb’s clutch approach on the second that left a tap in for birdie,

while Kisner could do no better than par.

 

"It was tough. I felt like things were starting to get a little better and I

wasn’t quite getting the results,but I wasn’t expecting this, either,’ said

Streb. "It’s really nice to say I’ve got more than one. Winning more than

once validates what ability you have. It was just kind of unexpected and

super nice to get."

 

Cameron Tringale shot a sizzling 8 under par 62 on Sunday to finish solo

third at 18 under par.


Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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