Jin Young Ko Clinches Founders Cup

Ko wins the title for the second time in a row ahead of the BMW Ladies’ Championship.

By Alexandra Cadet

The LPGA Founders Cup came to a close on Monday, and Jin Young Ko—the world’s No. 2 golfer—won the title with yet another impressive performance. 

The South Korean native’s overall score (the amount of strokes she needed to finish the course) was 18 under-par at 266. Her individual round tallies—63, 68, 69, and 66—mean that she now has finished 14 consecutive rounds in the 60s, equaling the current record held by Annika Sorenstam.

Ko poses with the Founders Cup. (Photo courtesy of USA Today)

This isn’t the first time Ko has matched or smashed a record. In 2019, she lasted 114 holes without making a bogey, edging out Tiger Woods’ all-time high of 110. Many golfers struggle to make it through one hole without a bogey, but Ko was able to do it one hundred times over. 

The results of the Founders Cup will seriously impact the Race to the CME Globe, a season-long competition where golfers try to move up the LPGA leaderboard and qualify for the CME Group Tour Championship. As stated before, Ko is ranked second globally, so her spot in the Championship is most likely safe since the top 60 golfers qualify automatically. But keep an eye on the cusp players who might make a run at the Championship as well; No. 73 Lindsey Weaver tied for sixth place in the Founders Cup, which could drastically improve her chances of qualifying for the Championship.

The tournament was held at the Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, NJ.
(Photo courtesy of the LPGA)

The next tournament on the LPGA’s slate is the BMW Ladies’ Championship in Busan, South Korea. Ko will not only look to defend her title on home soil, but also attempt to surpass No. 1 (and gold medalist) Nelly Korda, who will not be participating in the competition. Regardless of whether Ko accomplishes either, one thing is clear: even though the LPGA’s season is almost over, the action is just getting started.

A full schedule for the upcoming BMW Ladies’ Championship (complete with information on how to watch) can be found here.

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