Jinyoung Ko (AFP-Yonhap News)

Ko Jin-young (25), the world’s No. 1 women’s golf player, earned more than 1.7 billion won in prize money in just one week, surpassing the US Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) tour career prize of 5 million dollars.

On the 21st (Korean time), Ko Jin-young won the LPGA Tour CME Group Tour Championship (total prize money of $3 million), which ended at Tiburon Golf Club (par 72, 6,556 yards) in Naples, Florida, with a final total of 18 under par 270 strokes.

Go Jin-young, who received the winning prize of $1.1 million (about KRW 1.2 billion), added $48,7286 to the second place prize for the US Women’s Open, which ended on the 15th, and raised a total of $158,7286 in about one week. . This is about 1.74 billion won in terms of Korean money.

Among the 18 LPGA Tour tournaments held this year, the 1st and 2nd place in the tournament with the biggest prize money are the CME Group Tour Championship and the US Women’s Open.

In particular, the US Women’s Open this year’s joint second prize of $487,000 is more than the ANA Inspiration winner’s prize of $465,000, which ended in September.

With this victory, Ko Jin-young became the 71st player in the LPGA Tour’s career to surpass $5 million in prize money ($5.6 million,824).

Ko Jin-young, who won the LPGA Tour KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon in October 2017 and advanced to the U.S. stage, received the Rookie Award with 1 win in 2018, and last year, winning 4 wins including 2 majors, the prize winner, this year. Player, swept the first place in average at-bats.

Ko Jin-young, who has not missed the world rankings since July 2019, has set a record of becoming a prize winner after playing only 4 competitions on this year’s LPGA tour.

Ko Jin-young participated in the LPGA tour from November due to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) this year, and this was the fourth tournament of the season.

Having played only four competitions and became the prize gold king, it is the least contested prize gold prize in the history of the LPGA Tour since 1989.

From 1992 to last year, among the prize winners, the minimum prize winners were 17 tournaments by Anna Sorenstam (Sweden) in 2003.

In addition, from 1989 to 1991, it is confirmed that at the time, prize kings participated in at least five competitions.

Although the record of the prize gold king in the 1950s, which was the beginning of the tour, may be a variable, in fact, the prize gold king is likely to become the minimum prize gold king for the entire tour even in the entire tour. (yunhap news)

Source: International News


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