Korean women’s golf leader Ko Jin-young (28), who suffered ups and downs due to a wrist injury last year, regained her ‘normal track’ in a comeback match after 3 months.
Ko Jin-young scored 4 under par 68 with 5 birdies and 1 bogey in the first round of the LPGA Tour Honda LPGA Thailand (total prize money: $1.7 million) held at Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course (par 72) in Chonburi, Thailand on the 23rd. hit She is tied for 17th, three strokes away from the group leading the group.
In 2021, Jinyoung Ko was the strongest player on the LPGA tour. She won five games alone and was named Player of the Year for the second time. She was the first Korean player to achieve her third straight prize money title and reignited her long-term world No. 1 ranking. In March of last year, at the HSBC Women’s World Championship, her first appearance of the season, she also reached the top, and the ‘Ko Jin-young era’ seemed to continue. However, her Ko Jin-young’s march was stopped by her chronic wrist pain.
Ko Jin-young took a break for about two months due to her wrist injury in August last year, and she returned in October through the BMW Ladies Championship held in Korea. However, due to her not being in normal shape, in two days she shot 80 -79 and withdrew. She was a rare figure from Ko Jin-young, who always used sophisticated shots like a computer. She missed the cut at her next event, the Pelican Women’s Championship, where she finished in a tie for 33rd in the final match of the season, and her poor performance was not spared. Her world ranking has dropped to 5th.
After finishing the season, he immersed himself in injury treatment and practice throughout the winter. Without a break, he went straight to Vietnam and started his training, perfecting his swing. His performance was evident from his first game of the season. On this day, Jinyoung Ko, who played a real game in three months, repeated par marches until the 6th hole, caught the first birdie at the 7th hole (par 5), and caught consecutive birdies on the 10th hole토토사이트, (par 5) and 11th hole (par 4). Although he made the first bogey at hole 16 (par 3) after a birdie on the 15th hole (par 4), he recorded a birdie on the last hole 18 (par 5), reducing one more stroke and ending the first round in a good mood.
Ko Jin-young played stably with both shots and putts in the first real match in three months. On this day, the fairway landing rate was 85.71% (12/14), the green hit rate was 77.78% (14/18), and the number of putts was 29.
Five players, including Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), Jennifer Cupcho (USA), Hataoka Nasa (Japan), and rookie Charawi Bunchan (Thailand), shot 7 under par 65 strokes to jointly lead.
Among Korean players, veteran Shin Ji-eun (31) caught 6 birdies without a bogey and tied for 6th place with a 6 under par 66, the best result. Kim Hyo-joo (28) tied for 9th with 6 birdies and 1 bogey, reducing 5 strokes, and Anna Lin (27) tied for 17th with a 4 under par 68 including an eagle.
World No. 1 Lydia Ko (New Zealand), who reached the top in her first appearance this year at the Ladies European Tour (LET) Aramco Saudi Ladies International last week, also tied for 17th.