Ko KO’s Korda!
It was a fight for glory and there was no room for mistakes. The battle involved two of the best players in the world and uppermost in their minds was destroying the other to claim the prestigious title of LPGA Player of the Year.
The combatants were the “queen of cool”, South Korea’s Jin Young Ko and the American, Nelly Korda. Reportedly playing with a wrist injury, Ko put on a gallant fight to win the richest prize in women’s golf – US$1.5 million! It was her fifth win this season, the first five-time winner since 2016 on the LPGA. In a four-year playing career, Ko has already bagged twelve wins and is well on her way to being inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame.
The tournament venue was the season-sending CME Group Tour Championship. Ko got off to a flying start and shot 30 on the front nine and closed with the low round of the tournament at 9-under 63 for a one-shot victory of Japan’s diminutive pocket-rocket Nasa Hataoka.
This is the second time that the 26-year-old has been named LPGA Player of The Year. Her first came in 2019.
Ko has also topped the 2021 Race To CME Globe which makes her the undisputed number one in the world.