The 2021 LPGA Tour is Over, And Jin Young Ko Reigns Supreme

The 26-year-old capped off a tour to remember with some big wins in November.

By Alexandra Cadet

Jin Young Ko just can’t be stopped. Not only did the South Korean golfer win the CME Group Tour Championship for the second time, but she also came out on top in the Race to the CME Globe, winning $1.5 million in the process. Her performance two weeks ago was nothing short of brilliant, as she hit 63 (!!!) greens in regulation.

Jin Young Ko of Korea poses the Rolex Player of the Year trophy after winning the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club on November 21, 2021 in Naples, Florida.
(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Leading up to the Championship, the showdown between American Nelly Korda and Ko that was set to take place at the competition generated quite a bit of hype, since both were fighting for the place at the top of the pack this year. While the competition probably served as a bitter end to Korda’s season––she couldn’t stop Ko from clinching the Championship and the Rolex POTY Award despite her best efforts––she made sure to show some goodwill to her rival after all was said and done. “Honestly, it was definitely the ‘Jin Young Ko Show’ today,” said Korda. “It was really cool to witness.” 

So what’s next for the LPGA? The 2022 Tour kicks off on January 20 with the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Ko and Korda will hope to maintain their hot streaks next year, while fast risers like Nasa Hataoka––who finished right behind Ko in the Championship––will try their hands at winning a Major or two. If all three of these ladies can bring their A-game next season, then the future of the LPGA is looking bright. 

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