Jin Young Ko won her fourth LPGA Tour title of the season and reclaimed the top spot in the women’s golf world rankings after a dramatic play-off victory at the BMW Ladies Championship.
On the last day of the LPGA International Busan, the Korean overcame a four-shot deficit by carding a bogey-free 64 to tie overnight leader Hee Jeong Lim on 22 under and send the tournament to extra holes.
Both women returned to the par-four 18th, where Ko hit a beautiful approach to within three feet and set up a winning birdie to win her second LPGA Tour victory in a row.
Ko’s triumph marks her fourth in just seven starts and brings her total on the LPGA Tour to 11, with the current success also projecting her to jump Nelly Korda, who was not in the tournament, into the world No. 1 slot.
The two-time major champion rapidly narrowed Lim’s 54-hole advantage to three consecutive birdies from the second, before responding to her playing partner’s birdie at the par-three sixth with three consecutive gains from the seventh to take a share of the lead.
Here comes Jin Young Ko! 👀
Three straight birdies for Ko and she's now one shot back of the leader! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/jOOemO2Byi
— LPGA (@LPGA) October 24, 2021
Both players took advantage of the par-five ninth, with Ko following a front-nine 30 with a 12-footer at the 12th but falling back when Lim picked up shots at the 14th and 15th.
Ko drew level with a clutch birdie at the 17th and matched Lim’s par at the 18th, requiring a play-off, where a close-range birdie was enough to secure the 200th LPGA Tour victory for a Korean.
Lydia Ko fired a final-round 64 to tie for third with Na Rin An, Da Yeon Lee, and A Lim Kim, with In Gee Chun a shot back on 16 under and tied for seventh with Hae Ran Ryu.
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