Ko Jin-young, Yoo Hae-ran, and Lim Jin-hee, “Top 5 in the LA Championship”, raise the world ranking side by side… a rise to the championship

April 30, 2024 | by

Slowly but little by little, it raises the momentum.

Korean female golfers who are participating in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour have shown remarkable strides in the world rankings of women’s golf that were announced on Thursday. This is thanks to their stellar performance at the JM Eagle LA Championship on the LPGA Tour, which concluded on Sunday.

The highest ranking Korean player is Ko Jin-young. She tied for fourth (5-under 279), this season’s best record, and ranked fifth this season. She thus signaled a revival in her bid to regain world No. 1. She also escaped from the slump of failing to make the cut at the season’s first major championship and the Chevron Championship.

Having left a positive message, she will continue her momentum to the next Cognizant Founders Cup. Ko Jin-young is the defending champion of the tournament. She beat Lee Min-ji (Australia) in extra time to win 15 titles in LPGA Tour last year. She also topped the tournament in 2019 and 2021.

Yoo ranked third with 6-under 278 in the final round of the LA Championship, elevating her global ranking by four notches to 27th. Yoo, who won the LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year award last year, has the best pace among Korean players this season. Although she has no trophy, Yoo has been making top 10 in three consecutive tournaments. She tied for ninth in the T-Mobile Match Play and fifth in the Chevron Championship.

Im Jin-hee, who tied for fourth with Ko Jin-young, is also on the rise. She also elevated her global ranking from 42nd to 36th. She has achieved the top 10 ranking for two consecutive weeks following the eighth place at the Chevron Championship. She is now successfully making her LPGA debut season, and is ranking first with 220 points for the rookie of the year award.

With the three rising players at the forefront, the Korean women’s golf team is aiming to win its first LPGA Tour title this season, which has yet to be reported. It is the first time in 10 years that Korean golfers have not won in 10 tournaments since the opening of this season. At that time, Park In-bee won her first title at the Manulife Financial Classic, her 14th championship since the opening of this season 먹튀검증. She aims at her first trophy at the upcoming Cognizant Founders Cup.

Meanwhile, Nelly Korda, the world’s No. 1, has remained at the top of the rankings. After this, Lilia Bu (U.S.), Celine Boutier (France), and In Luoning (China) are in second to fourth places, standing ahead of Ko Jin-young. Lee Jung-min, the winner of the KLPGA Tour KLPGA Championship, rose 96 notches to 117th. Kim Hyo-joo ranked 12th, Yang Hee-young 17th, and Shin Ji-ae 20th.


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