THE COLONY, Texas — Jin Younger Ko wished a brand new trophy for her new home in Texas, and she or he even picked up one thing for the closet.
She obtained a pair of cowboy boots for profitable the Volunteers of America Traditional on Sunday.
The South Korean star needed to work laborious for her 1-shot victory. Her placing was lower than her requirements. Her sport did not really feel fairly as sharp because it was throughout her almost two-year reign as No. 1 within the girls’s world rating.
But it surely was ok for a 2-under 69, as she closed with seven straight pars for a 1-shot victory over Matilda Castren of Finland at Previous American Golf Membership, about half-hour from Ko’s new home.
Ko gained for the primary time this 12 months, and it was one week after she misplaced the No. 1 rating to American golfer Nelly Korda, who supplanted Ko by profitable the KPMG Girls’s PGA Championship.
Ko had failed to complete within the prime 10 in 4 of her earlier 5 begins on the LPGA Tour. However not removed from her American house within the Dallas space, she thrived. She completed at 16-under 268 for her eighth profession LPGA victory. She stays at No. 2 on this planet.
“I used to be considering I had plenty of strain with the No. 1 rating,” Ko stated. “However I made it this week. I am very blissful.”
Staked to a 1-shot lead, Ko opened with three birdies in 4 holes to widen her lead. Castren, who gained her first LPGA Tour title three weeks in the past at Lake Merced, saved Ko in her sights with a pair of birdies earlier than making the flip.
Castren was in peril of falling 3 pictures behind on the par-5 thirteenth, the place she was in bother off the tee and had 20 ft left for par, with Ko about 12 ft for a birdie likelihood. Castren holed her par putt, Ko missed and the lead remained at one.
The roles had been switched on the subsequent gap, as Ko missed her tee shot effectively to the suitable and could not attain the inexperienced, pitching to six ft. Castren had a wedge into the inexperienced, however she could not convert for birdie, and Ko saved par.
The event swung on the fifteenth gap, the place Castren missed a 3-foot par putt that snapped laborious to the left, falling 2 pictures behind. She obtained up and down from simply wanting the par-5 seventeenth for birdie and stayed within the sport when Ko missed her birdie putt from 6 ft.
Castren had a 25-foot birdie from off the again of the 18th inexperienced that missed to the suitable, organising Ko’s profitable par putt from simply outdoors 3 ft.
“I performed along with her the final two days, and it was simply actually cool to observe her play,” Castren stated. “She did not make many errors in any respect, recovered from her not-so-great pictures very well. I can undoubtedly see why she was world No. 1 for therefore lengthy.”
Gaby Lopez of Mexico closed with a 65, making her solely bogey on the ultimate gap. She completed alone in third, 2 pictures behind.
Esther Henseleit of Germany was inside 2 pictures with 5 holes to play. However on the 14th, her drive went beneath a tree, and she or he needed to take a penalty drop. Then she lipped out a 4-foot putt and made her second double bogey of the spherical, falling 4 pictures behind.
Henseleit closed with a 72 and tied for fourth with Ana Belac (68) and Emma Talley, who shot a 63 for her career-low spherical on the LPGA Tour.
Ko had loads of supporters at Previous American over the previous few days, together with her mother and father, who had been in attendance.
“It was a terrific week,” Ko stated.
Info from The Related Press was used on this report.