Lydia Ko Wins 20 LPGA titles “One Points to the Hall of Fame & First Win of the New Year, I won’t be complacent”
January 22, 2024 | by bookmeforphotographers.com
Lydia Ko (New Zealand) won the season opener of the 2024 LPGA Tour for the first time in a year and two months and achieved a total of 20 wins.
At the final round of the Hilton Grand Bacations Tournament of Champions (total prize money of $1.5 million) held at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (par 72) in Orlando, Florida on the 22nd, Ko shot a total of 14-under 274 with four birdies and two bogeys, beating Alexa Pano of the U.S. by two strokes.
After winning the CME Group Tour Championship (November), the last tournament of 2022, in which she won three games this season and became the player of the year, Ko has passed a long tunnel and never won a single title last year. She garnered 225,000 U.S. dollars in prize money.
Ko became the 29th player to win 20 titles in the Canadian Women’s Open at age 15 when she was an amateur, and she had one point to join the Hall of Fame (27 points). “I was told that I was close when I was two points away, but now I am really close when I am one point away,” Ko said right after her victory. “I was standing in front of the door. I wanted to do my best and accept the result as it is, but I am glad that I have a better chance with this victory. That does not change anything, and I will do my best to play good golf and get a good result.” 라바카지노
“I won my first competition last year, but I went in a different direction. I will not be complacent with this victory and do my best in next week’s competition.” Ko won her first competition in the ARAMCO Saudi Ladies International of the European Ladies Professional Golf Association (LET) last year, but she suffered a deep slump in the LPGA Tour, falling behind the top 100 CME Globe points.
Ko, who started as a two-shot lead, cut two shots in the first half and added a birdie at the par-four 10th to lead the game by five shots. As her rival Pano continued her lead with one birdie and one bogey. After bogey at the par-five 11th, she garnered a birdie at the par-five 15th to clinch a five-shot lead with three holes to go. Later, Pano reduced two shots and made a bogey at the par-four 18th, but she still held up the trophy with ease by two shots.
Last year’s winner Brooke Henderson (Canada) finished third (10-under 278) with a 4-under 68, while Ayaka Furue (Japan) and Aly Ewing (USA) tied for fourth (8-under 280).
Last year’s Rookie of the Year Yoo Hae-ran cut two shots and rose to joint 12th place (4-under 284) on the last day, with Yang Hee-young tied for 22nd place (1-over 289) and Jeon In-ji tied for 30th place (7-over 295).