Dec 20, 2020
NAPLES, Fla. — Jin Young Ko neglected numerous the LPGA Tour season and simple won the yearlong money title.
That’s what a $1.1 million test does.
Ko, the No. 1 player on this planet, set aside an emphatic capper on her truncated yr Sunday by shooting a final-spherical 6-under 66 and successful the CME Neighborhood Tour Championship by 5 strokes over Hannah Inexperienced and Sei Young Kim.
“I easy can’t mediate it, that I’m right here, that I won this tournament,” Ko acknowledged.
With a birdie on the final hole, the LPGA’s final putt of the season, Ko achieved at 18 under for her seventh profession LPGA snatch.
Inexperienced’s final-spherical 67, on her 24th birthday, helped push her into the 2d-region tie. Kim, who took a 1-shot lead into the final spherical, shot 72, which was magnificent ample to clinch Rolex Participant of the twelve months honors. Danielle Kang won the Vare Trophy for the bottom scoring moderate.
“Feels address a beautiful solid accomplishment in 2020, to be correct,” Kang acknowledged.
Ko started the final spherical 1 shot aid of Kim and opened with a birdie. The principle stretch was Ko’s bustle of three straight birdies on the 12th by the 14th — her longest such bustle of the week. She left a possibility for a fourth in a row simply left of the cup on No. 15, then all but wrapped up the snatch with one other birdie on the 16th.
The snatch wrapped up a wire-to-wire yr within the No. 1 attach for Ko, who has held the rating since July 29, 2019. She moved to $5,600,824 in profession earnings, making her the 71st player in LPGA historic past to cross the $5 million designate.
Her approach Sunday was quite straight forward: “I simply [thought], OK, 18 holes left and then dawdle to dwelling,” Ko acknowledged.
Ko played only four LPGA events in 2020 — she competed six instances on the Korean LPGA tour while utilizing out the coronavirus pandemic at dwelling — but Sunday’s snatch and a test for $487,286 for finishing 2d in final week’s U.S. Ladies’s Open helped push her season earnings to $1,667,925. That would appreciate been magnificent for fifth on the tour final season, when every of the 21 leading money winners all regarded in no now not up to 20 events.
Kim’s reasonable hopes of successful ended when she left a 25-foot par putt short on the par-4 15th to descend 4 strokes off Ko’s lead. However the player of the yr award was easy in her care for watch over at that time.
Mina Harigae (68) achieved at 12 under, the fourth-region carry out matching the single of her LPGA profession.
Lexi Thompson shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday and achieved at 11 under, 7 shots off the walk and tied with Lydia Ko for fifth. Thompson, the leader after Thursday’s first spherical, observed her bolt of consecutive seasons and not utilizing a now not up to 1 victory live at seven.
“For traipse an even ending to the yr and to the week,” acknowledged Thompson, the native South Floridian who had about 15 fans following her Sunday regardless that the tournament was technically closed to ticketholders.
She acknowledged she is expecting some normalcy in 2021.
“It was nice to appreciate about a folk on the market supporting us,” Thompson acknowledged. “I mediate the fans maintain the game, so with any luck we are going to gain aid to that in 2021.”
Sunday marked the live to the 18-match LPGA season that was decrease almost in half by the pandemic and was shut down for 5½ months from mid-February by the live of July. Subsequent season is scheduled for 34 events, starting with the Diamond Hotels Tournament of Champions in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, from Jan. 21-24.