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Monday, December 21, 2020

Jin Young Ko Shows the LPGA How It's Done

Well, she did it again. Jin Young Ko won the LPGA's money title for the second year in a row.

CME champion Jin Young Ko

But this time she did it in only four events. She's now #1 on the LPGA money list as well as the Rolex World #1.

You don't want to bet against Jin Young Ko!

There were other winners, of course. Danielle Kang won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average and Sei Young Kim won the Rolex Player of the Year Award. Both of those are things that count toward the LPGA's Hall of Fame, the toughest hall to enter in all of sports.

But Jin Young's seventh LPGA Tour win will probably send shock waves through the rest of the LPGA membership. To make it into the CME Group Tour Championship when she had played in only three events due to the pandemic, and then to take the money title by winning that event, is almost unbelievable. (She joked earlier in the week that if she won, she would be very unpopular with a lot of players.)

The event that put her in the Tour Championship, the US Women's Open, very nearly became her third major.

She might have taken some other awards had she played enough to qualify for them.

And she's been the Rolex World #1 since 2019 July 20, for a grand total of 73 weeks. This win will likely increase her lead in the Rankings.

Given how 2020 disrupted her schedule -- she missed so many LPGA events because she didn't leave Korea -- you have to wonder what her 2021 will be like. You have to believe that the other players don't expect her to have a drop-off in her play.

At any rate, Jin Young Ko has definitely put the target on her back going into next year. As Chancellor Palpatine said to young Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, "We shall watch your career with great interest."

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