ANA Inspiration: Ko Jin-young becomes fifth Korean to win event


first_img Next ANA Inspiration: Ko Jin-young becomes fifth Korean to win eventKo Jin-young defeated Lee Mi-hyang and finally clinched the ANA Inspiration title after dreaming of winning the event for five years.advertisement Reuters CaliforniaApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 13:51 IST With this win, Ko Jin-young joined the long list of South Korean LPGA major champions (Reuters photo)HIGHLIGHTS23-year-old Ko Jin-young defeated Lee Mi-hyang to joined the list of South Korean LPGA major championsLast year’s Rookie of the Year, Ko became the fifth Korean to win the eventShe said she had been dreaming of winning the event for five yearsKo Jin-young joined the long list of South Korean LPGA major champions on Sunday with a three-shot victory over compatriot Lee Mi-hyang at the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California.Ko, last year’s Rookie of the Year, overcame a late wobble in the final round to became the fifth Korean to win the event after Grace Park (2004), Yoo Sun-young (2012), Park In-bee (2013) and Ryu So-yeon (2017).She is the 15th woman from South Korea to win a major, the most of any country other than the United States, and the victory is projected to see her top the world rankings.”I still can’t believe it.”Trophy in hand, Jin Young Ko was still in disbelief after earning her first Major victory at the @ANAinspiration.INTERVIEW pic.twitter.com/ueWfTsqQyJ LPGA (@LPGA) April 8, 2019″I had a great round and a great week. I felt nervous today but I just tried to keep myself calm,” said Ko.After her lead had been reduced to one shot with three holes to play following two quick bogeys Ko responded like a true champion, a perfectly-judged 10-foot birdie putt at the 16th proving the decisive blow at Mission Hills .She clinched in style with another birdie at the last for a two-under-par 70, bursting into tears when the putt fell.”My caddie told me on the 18th that I had a two-shot lead and to not worry, just enjoy it,” Ko said.”So many Korean players had a great tournament, and it’s a real honour for me to win.”advertisementKo finished at 10-under 278, while Lee carded 70 for second place on seven-under, a shot ahead of American Lexi Thompson (67).Kim In-kyung, who started the day in second place, fell out of contention with a double-bogey at the 11th, where her ball got stuck up a tree, forcing her to take a penalty stroke.Jin Young Ko led the field in birdies and greens in regulation at the @ANAinspiration, a recipe for Major success.During her final round, Ko birdied two of her final three holes to lock up her victory.HIGHLIGHTS pic.twitter.com/Zh1qcGRs4J LPGA (@LPGA) April 8, 2019She shot 74 and tied for fourth with Spaniard Carlota Ciganda, five shots behind Ko.The 23-year-old Ko said she had been dreaming of winning the event for five years and had always wanted to make the traditional winner’s jump into Poppie’s Pond.”I always think about when I can go in that pond,” she said. “That’s today.”SPLASH! Jin Young Ko’s first major @ANAinspiration and caddie David Brooker’s 3rd jump into Poppie’s Pond. Wow. pic.twitter.com/4kypIXNAUi LPGA (@LPGA) April 8, 2019Despite the distractions and pressure of leading a major on a Sunday, Ko said she got over the line by trusting her swing.”I just focused on my swing, on the putting, that’s why I win this week,” she said.”I won. I can believe it now.”Also Read | Augusta National vs ANA: 17-year-old Heck chooses ANA, says there is no wrong answerAlso Watch | Great to have someone like Chris Gayle in KXIP: KL RahulFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow GolfFollow ANA Inspiration winnerFollow woman golferlast_img