Jinyoung Ko, who survived as a birdie for 6 consecutive years… 7-under 2nd place on the first day of the new competition
Enter 2022.04.29 (09:35)
Edited 2022.04.29 (11:45)
Jin-young Ko (27), the world’s No. 1 in women’s golf, brushed off last week’s sluggishness and started her challenge for two wins on the LPGA Tour season.
Jinyoung Ko swept 8 birdies in the first round of the Palos Buddy’s Championship (total prize money of $1.5 million) held at the Palos Buddy’s Golf Club (par 71, 6,258 yards) in California, USA on the 29th (Korean time). He blocked one bogey and hit a 7-under 64.
Jinyoung Ko took second place, one shot behind the solo leader Lee Min-ji (Australia, 8-under 63).
Jinyoung Ko, who won the first win of the season by winning the HSBC Women’s World Championship at the beginning of last month, changed the flow of the recent two tournaments and laid the foundation for additional wins.
Jinyoung Ko also struggled at the LA Open last week after staying tied for 53rd at the Chevron Championship, which ended earlier this month.
In the third round, he wrote a rare quadruple bogey, and on the last day he recorded a double bogey with a ‘4 putt’ from about 1.5m away. He lost four strokes in only four rounds and finished tied for 21st.
On the first day of the tournament, Jin-young Ko started out on the 10th hole and played a perfect match with only 8 birdies after bogeying the 13th hole (par 3).
On the 15th and 18th holes (above par 4), he reduced one stroke at a time, and caught a rope birdie on the 2nd to 7th holes to ride the rise.
On that day, Jin-young Ko missed the fairway 2 times, the green 4 times, and putt 25 times.
“Before today’s start, ‘Golf is just golf. Let’s not think about last week.'” He said, “I was thinking of starting over with a new routine.” .
He emphasized, “I’m going to do my best on the course this week as I’m going to take a break next week. I don’t care about winning, I just want to have fun.”
Jinyoung Ko was the only Korean player to finish the first round in the top 10.
Hyejin Choi (23) and Inkyung Kim (34) tied for 21st (2 under par 69) with Lydia Ko (New Zealand), and Eunhee Ji (36) tied for 37th (1 under par 70) with Daniel Kang (USA).
Park In-bi (34), Anna Lin (26), and Choi Na-yeon (35) are tied for 53rd with an even-par 71 stroke.
Lee Min-ji, a Korean-Australian, hit 8-under with 8 birdies without bogey and set out for the first time in about 9 months since the Evian Championship in July of last year, and Jennifer Chang (USA) tied for third place (6-under 65).
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