WEST CALDWELL, N.J. — Jin Young Ko completed off a wire-to-wire victory Sunday within the Cognizant Founders Cup together with her 14th consecutive spherical within the 60s, matching a 16-year-old document held by Annika Sorenstam.
Even in a gradual rain at Mountain Ridge, the 26-year-old South Korean star made it look simple. She closed with a 5-under 66 for a 4-shot victory over Caroline Masson of Germany.
Ko began the ultimate spherical with a 4-shot lead and nobody bought nearer than 3 all day. The event all however determined, it was then a matter of how she completed. Ko ran off 4 birdies in a five-hole stretch in the midst of the again 9 and completed at 18-under 266.
It was her 14th consecutive spherical within the 60s relationship to a 69 within the remaining spherical of the Evian Championship. That ties the mark Sorenstam set in the midst of her 10-win season in 2005.
Sorenstam gained three of 4 tournaments throughout that stretch of 14 straight rounds within the 60s, together with a significant, and was runner-up in one other. Ko gained twice and was runner-up and tied for sixth within the others throughout her streak.
Ko joined Nelly Korda as the one three-time winners on the LPGA Tour this season, and she or he grew to become the fifth South Korean with at the very least 10 victories, nonetheless properly in need of the document 25 held by pioneer Se Ri Pak.
Subsequent up for Ko, who has performed the final 4 weeks, is a visit residence and brief break. She plans to play the BMW Girls Championship the next week in South Korea — the one Asia occasion within the fall due to the pandemic.
“I nonetheless have an opportunity (to) beat Annika, and I’ll attempt to do my greatest,” she mentioned after getting a champagne bathe.
Ko efficiently defended her title on the Founders Cup, although it was as totally different as might be. The event was held in Phoenix in 2019, was canceled final 12 months throughout the pandemic, after which picked up a brand new title sponsor and moved to the Donald Ross design in New Jersey.
These back-to-back victories got here two years, six months and 16 days aside on reverse ends of the nation. Cognizant additionally doubled the prize cash, making it the most important purse amongst common LPGA Tour occasions. Ko earned $450,000.
Extra essential, she pulled inside 20 factors of Korda within the Race to the CME Globe with the tip of the season quick approaching.
Korda changed Ko’s long term at No. 1 on this planet this summer season when she gained her first main on the Ladies’s PGA Championship. The 23-year-old American additionally gained the gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics.
Korda closed with a 73 at Mountain Ridge and tied for nineteenth. She has three wins in her previous six occasions, and people are her solely prime 10s.
Korda is just not enjoying in South Korea, leaving Ko a great opportunity to maneuver previous her on the season factors checklist. The LPGA then concludes with two Florida occasions, capped off by the CME Group Tour Championship.
Ko gained the season finale a 12 months in the past after spending a lot of the season driving out the pandemic in South Korea. That provides her 4 victories within the final calendar 12 months.
She was significantly motivated by final week on the ShopRite LPGA Basic, when Ko had management of the event till lacking a sequence of 10-foot putts on the again 9 and ending 1 shot behind Celine Boutier.
“I used to be actually unhappy final week. Sunday wasn’t good,” she mentioned. “I attempted to do my greatest for this week and I did.”
Masson matched two birdies with Ko on the entrance 9 after which made 5 birdies on the again 9 for a 64, however by then it was too late.
Elizabeth Szokol closed with a 69 and completed alone in third, 7 photographs behind. Jeongeun Lee6 (67) and U.S. Ladies’s Open champion Yuka Saso (70) tied for fourth.