Ko Jin-young efficiently defends HSBC Girls’s World Championship

SINGAPORE — South Korean Ko Jin-young, at present ranked third within the Rolex ladies’s world golf rating, turned the primary golfer to efficiently defend her HSBC Girls’s World Championship title within the US$1.8 million LPGA occasion. Ko ended the event with a three-under-par 69 for a two-shot victory over Nelly Korda earlier within the month on the Sentosa Golf Membership. With the win, Ko walks away with a $270,000 prize cash, whereas Korda receives $169,299 in second place.

Japanese Ayaka Furue shared the third inserting with American duo Allisen Corpuz and Danielle Kang on 274 complete whereas 2021 U.S. Open champion Yuka Saso recorded a 66 to complete in solo sixth place. The three golfers who’re tied in third carry house $98,097.

Ko needed to endure a wrist harm final 12 months which threatened to derail her profession and regardless of admitting earlier within the event that she has not totally recovered from that harm, Ko continued to show she has sufficient class to raise her 14th LPGA Tour title. Ko made a promising begin with a gap birdie earlier than reeling two extra birdies on holes 5 and eight. The South Korean marred her card together with her solely blemish on 11 however she shortly regained her benefit with one other birdie on 13. Victory was particularly candy for the 27-year-old because it additionally marked her return to the winner’s circle for the primary time since her final win on the identical venue 12 months in the past. 

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – MARCH 05: Nelly Korda of The USA tees off on the primary gap throughout Day 4 of the HSBC Girls’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Membership on March 05, 2023 in Singapore. (Photograph by Andrew Redington/Getty Pictures)

“It’s a terrific honour to defend this title once more. This week has been too lengthy for me however I’m feeling so glad. I didn’t need to lose to the opposite gamers, particularly immediately. So, it was actually exhausting to maintain my poker face on the course whilst I attempted to remain targeted. I had a tricky 12 months final 12 months, and I used to be battling with accidents and loss in kind. Mentally it’s robust too. So, this win is very necessary and it’s going to be an enormous momentum for me in my life,” expressed Ko after lifting the winner’s trophy.

It was an in depth battle for each Ko and Korda because the latter began the ultimate rounds two pictures of Ko in second place. Korda had initially fired three successive birdies ranging from the third gap to pile the preliminary stress on Ko, however bogeys on holes six and 13 brought about her to lose momentum on the leaderboard. She tried to surmount one other late cost with an additional two birdies on holes 14 and 18, however they weren’t sufficient for Korda to seize her ninth LPGA title.

“I’m clearly a bit dissatisfied. I didn’t play properly and couldn’t actually put up a battle as a lot as I needed to. I made foolish errors right here and there. I’m going to take a few days off earlier than going to work on my swing,” mentioned Korda.

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In the course of the HSBC Girls’s World Championship, Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand), and Alison Lee (USA) collaborated with the event beneficiary and sponsors to offer again to the group. Ariya and Alison visited The Artwork College, Autism Useful resource Centre’s social enterprise which celebrates the skills of native artists on the autism spectrum.

“We’re grateful for the sturdy assist from HSBC in spotlighting the skills of individuals on the autism spectrum at this worldwide occasion. We hope that there shall be better consciousness and acceptance of their strengths and skills, and that society will embrace and combine the autism tradition into our workplaces and on a regular basis lives,” mentioned Jacelyn Lim, govt director of Autism Useful resource Centre. 

In the meantime, 2018 HSBC Girls’s World Championship winner Wie and native Singapore golf star Tan hosted over 30 kids from native golf golf equipment for a clinic on the Sentosa Golf Membership. Lots of the kids in attendance are following within the footsteps of Amanda by additionally enjoying within the HSBC Youth Golf Problem – that helped her {golfing} journey in representing Singapore on the HSBC Girls’s World Championship.

“I bear in mind attending a clinic right here after I was younger with HSBC and now with the ability to meet LPGA stars. It’s wonderful now for me to have the ability to encourage the following technology of Singaporean juniors myself. Hopefully we’ll see extra native children make it on the LPGA tour and play on this event someday. I performed within the HSBC Youth Golf Problem, like numerous these children, so hopefully they’re in a position to comply with in my footsteps,” expressed Tan who ended the event in 62nd place, with a prize cash of $4,449.

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