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Official World Golf Ranking: 1
Born: Fri,Jul 7,1995 - Seoul, South Korea
Age: 26y 3m 9d, Nationality: kr
Height: 5'5
Home: Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Turned Pro: 2013, Joined LPGA: 2018
Notes: Also known as Jin-Young Ko and J.Y. Ko, she began her career on the LPGA of Korea Tour. She has won eleven times on the LPGA of Korea and has been inside the top 30 of the Rolex Women's Golf Rankings. Ko was known for finishing runner-up to fellow Korean golfer Inbee Park in the 2015 Women's British Open, after losing a three-shot lead on the inward nine of the Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry. Ko famously met her caddie, a local young man, the day before the Open and had ne...

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Jin Young Ko

Also known as Jin-Young Ko and J.Y. Ko, she began her career on the LPGA of Korea Tour. She has won eleven times on the LPGA of Korea and has been inside the top 30 of the Rolex Women's Golf Rankings. Ko was known for finishing runner-up to fellow Korean golfer Inbee Park in the 2015 Women's British Open, after losing a three-shot lead on the inward nine of the Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry. Ko famously met her caddie, a local young man, the day before the Open and had never played links golf before. But that was a distant memory when she won the 2019 ANA Inspiration and months later the Evian Championship.
Jin Young Ko was one of the top amateur golfers in Korea as a teenager. After turning pro in 2013 she went on the Korea Developmental Tour.
2014 Notes: Won three times on the Korea Development Tour and finished in the top-10 nine times. She finished 4th at KLPGA Q-School to qualify for the KLPGA tour in 2014. On the Korean LPGA, she won the Nef's Masterpiece and ended the year with 14 top-10s and 458 million won ($400,567) finishing 8th on the money list.
2015 Notes: On the Korean LPGA Tour, she won three tournaments and finished fifth on the money list with over 533 million won (466,162) earned. In addition, she had five other top 10s, including a runner-up finish to In Gee Chun at the rain-shortened Samchully Together Open. Ko's great play qualified her for the Kowa Queens and ING Champions team events. The highlight of the year was taking the 54-hole lead at the Ricoh Women's Open but when Ko put her second shot into a water hazard at the 16th hole, and she finished 2nd.
2016 Notes: Ko had 16 top 10s, besides the three wins, she had two seconds and two-thirds. She won KLPGA Player of the Year honors and became only the third golfer in history to exceed 1 billion won ($894,234). This still left her second behind Park, who earned over 1.3 billion won. Ko managed three wins, second to Park's seven. Her first win was at the KG-EDaily Women's Open in late April. She also won the lucrative BMW Ladies Championship and the Hite Cup, which was her first career Korean major. Ko played three LPGA events as well but did not finish in the top 20 in any of them.
2017 Notes: Played in 21 Korean LPGA events making the cut 19 times in 12 top-tens. Won twice, Jeju Samdasoo Masters and the BMW Ladies Championship. Was 4th on the money list with won743,181,423 ($624,360). She joined the LPGA for 2018 after winning the KEB Hana Bank Championship in October 2017.
2018 Notes: Played in 25 LPGA Tour events making 24 cuts with 13 top-ten finishes. In her first official start as an LPGA member won the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. She beat Hye-Jin Choi by 3 shots. Ko became the second player to win in her first LPGA start as a Tour member, joining Beverly Hanson, who won the 1951 Eastern Open. She was T-2nd at the HUGEL-JTBC L.A. Open 2 shots back of winner Moriya Jutanugam. Was T-3rd at the ASI Ladies Scottish Open, 5 shots back of winner Ariya Jutanugarn. She was 10th on the LPGA money list with $1,159,005 and 14th in Race to CME. Also won the LPGA's Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year, the fifth straight Korean to win that award.
2019 Notes: Played in 22 LPGA Tour events making 22 cuts with 12 top-ten finishes. Was 1st on the money list with $2,773,894 in earnings, she was also first on the CME points list. Started her season with a 2nd at the ISPS Handa Australian Open 2 shots back of winner Nelly Korda. She went on a one-month hot streak, was T-3rd at the HSBC Women's Champions. At the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She shot 64-65 on the weekend to beat Jessica Korda, Nelly Korda, Carlota Ciganda, and Yu Liu by a shot. Ko began the final round five shots off the lead and won for the third time but first in the United States. The next week shot 67-65 over the weekend to finish T-2nd, 3 shots back of winner Nasa Hataoka. A week after that won the ANA Inspiration for her first major title. Ko shot 10-under 278 to beat Mi Hyang Lee by 3 shots. The win moved her to No. 1 on the Rolex Rankings. In those four events was 58 under-par. At the end of April was T-5th at the Hugel-Air Premia L.A. Open. She had another one-month hot streak over four events starting with a 2nd at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational with partner Minjee Lee. Next week in Frace won the Evian Championship, beating Jennifer Kupcho by two shots. The next week was 3rd at the AIG Women's Open she was two shots back of winner Hinako Shibuno. She then won the CP Women's Open, shooting 65-64 over the weekend beating Nicole Broch Larsen by five shots. For the week she didn't make a bogey.
2020 Notes: Because of COVID-19 Ko didn't come to America like she normally does in March. She played in six events on the Korean LPGA and earned won265,382,000 ($230,296) to finish 14th on that money list. Best finish 2nd at the KB Financial Group STAR Championship and 3rd at the Autech Carrier Championship with Sejong Field Golf Club. She also played in a challenge match with Sung Hyun Park to raise money for COVID-19 relief. The match ended in a tie as both players earning close to $90,000 and gave the money to charity. She didn't play in her first LPGA Tour until November, despite playing just four events, was T-34th at the Pelican Womens Championship and 5th at VOA Texas Shootout, 3 back of winner Angela Stanford. The next week was T-2nd at the U.S. Women's Open Ko shot 68 in the final round but was a shot back of winner A Lim Kim. The next week won the CME Group Tour Championship by five shots over Sei Young Kim and Hannah Green. Ko won $1.1 million and that brought her to $1,667,925 for the year and she won the money title but because of lack of play was 45th on the CME points race.
2021 Notes: Started her with a 4th place finish at the Gainbridge LPGA. Had another 4th place finish at the Kia Classic, then was T-7th at the ANA Inspiration, and then T-3rd at the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA L.A. Open, two shots back of winner Brooke Henderson. Was T-7th at the U.S. Women's Open and then shot a first-round 63 at the Volunteers of America Classic and won the event by a shot over Matilda Castren. Ko made the South Korea Women's Tokyo Olympics team and finished T-9th.

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Career at a Glance: Starts: 79, Cuts Made: 75 (95%), Top Tens: 41 (52%) , Rounds: 291, Scoring Avg: 69.68, Career Earnings: $8,135,893 - Best Finish: 1st (10 times)
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