Its Jinyoung Ko Tied for Second Place on the First Day of the LPGA Sorenstam Tournament
Ko Jin-young entered the race for the championship with a hard hit on the first day of the LPGA tour tournament hosted by ‘legend’ Annika Sorenstam (Sweden).
Jin-young Ko made a birdie without a bogey in the first round of the LPGA Tour The Annika Driven by Gainbridge at Pelican (total prize money of $3.25 million) held at the Pelican Golf Club (par 70, 6,268 yards) in Bel Air, Florida on the 10th (Korean time). He swept 7 shots and hit 7 under par 63.
With only Caroline Inglis (USA) unable to complete the first round by sunset, Jinyoung Ko was tied for second place, one stroke behind Brooke Henderson (Canada), who took the sole lead with 8 under par.
On this year’s LPGA tour, Jin-Young Ko, who won the HSBC Women’s World Championship in March and the Cognizant Founders Cup in May, and has a total of 15 wins, has started to challenge for her third win of the season.
After finishing second with an overtime loss at the CPKC Women’s Open in August, she tied for 48th at the BMW Ladies Championship held in Korea last month and tied for 20th at the Maybank Championship held in Malaysia, before returning to the United States and showing off her sharp shooting sense for the first time in a while. 지울프-토토
Ko Jin-young, who started the game on the 1st hole that day, showed concentration in the middle of the game by catching birdies in holes 7-9 and 11-13.
He kept all fairways in the first round, but missed the green three times. He recorded 26 putts.
Jinyoung Ko said, “I played really well today. I’m happy because it feels like it’s been a while since I played this well. I had a few good putts and good shots. I want to continue competing in the remaining three days.”
Jin-young Ko, who played with Nellie Korda (USA) and Lynn Grant (Sweden) that day, said, “The other players hit about 30 to 40 meters farther than me, so I felt like I was in elementary school and they were like college students. When they were hitting pitching wedges, I was holding a 7-iron.” It was also said that
He added, “I didn’t feel good, but I thought I could do better and tried to focus. I think it will be a good motivation to prepare for next season.”
Henderson, who is at the top of the leaderboard with nine birdies and one bogey, is aiming to add more wins in about 10 months since the Diamond Resort Tournament of Champions in January, the opening match of this year.
Lexi Thompson (USA) and Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand) tied for 6th place (6 under par, 64 strokes), and Grant tied for 11th place (5 under par, 65 strokes).
Yoo Hae-ran, who will be crowned LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year if she ranks 12th or higher in this tournament, started the tournament tied for 17th place (4 under par, 66 strokes) with Jeon In-ji and others.
Koda, who is trying to win the tournament for the third time in a row, finished the first round with a 3-under par 67 and tied for 31st place with Lydia Ko (New Zealand).
Lee Jeong-eun, Joo Soo-bin, and world No. 1 Yin Luoning (China) were tied for 46th place (2 under par, 68 strokes), and Lee Mi-hyang and Yang Hee-young were tied for 62nd place (1 under par, 69 strokes).
‘The Annika’ is a competition that follows the Pelican Women’s Championship, which was held for three years from 2020 to last year, and was renamed this year after Sorenstam, who is called the ‘golf queen’ after winning a total of 72 wins.
It has been six years since the Lorena Ochoa Match Play Tournament in 2017 that the LPGA Tour used a player’s name as the name of a tournament.