The once and future queen is on top of the rankings again. Congrats, Congrats, Congrats!!!
I had a good feeling about Jin Young all day, but I have to say, I'm as much relieved as ecstatic. The Sisters at the top in round three really struggled. Sung Hyun was absolutely miserable today, Inbee couldn't buy a break for the most part, and Mi Hyang's vision was 54 holes, not 54 strokes (and unfortunately for her, it was a 72 hole event).
Hyo Joo really did play pretty well, and when you consider that she had the huge driving disadvantage, she was pretty amazing all week. Alas, she got a massively bad break on the par 3 14th, and she never recovered.
Meanwhile, it felt like everyone and her aunt was charging up the leaderboard. I was almost preparing my spiel about how the Sisters blew it.
But then there was Jin Young, who toughed it out. When she missed the birdie on 15, I was a little worried, but that great birdie on 17 might be the shot of the year for the Koreans.
There was some cool action a bit further down the leaderboard. Inky nearly got a top ten after a 69, while Mirim Lee also shot that score. So Yeon finished 25th; not great, but better than I thought she would do.
What must Sei Young be thinking? 9 wins and no Majors, while Jin Young now has her second.
Jin Young Ko will return to the #1 spot in the Rolex rankings.
#1 on money list (just a hair under $2 million) #1 in scoring average (69.109, just ahead of Hyo Joo) #1 in Player of the Year (189 points, with Sung Hyun second at 111) #1 in Greens in Regulation (78.9%)