I kind of remembered when Jin Young would win a KLPGA Tournament. Someone gave the win an asterisk because Sung Hyun Park skipped the Tournament. Didn't matter to me who played, I was just glad that Jin Young won.
What a fantastic way to end the season. Jin Young decided she had heard enough about how she wasn't the real #1, and did a full body slam on the field. Five shot win, money list title, and a nice wad of cash towards her new house.
It was tight at the turn. Jin Young had three weird holes in a row, starting with a lip out on a short par save on 9. Then on ten she hits a fairway wood, splits the fairway, and it keeps rolling until it ends up in a bunker some numbnuts decided to put in the center of the fairway. On 11, she gets another bad roll into a dodgy lie just off the grass.
Once she dealt with that crap, it was all engines go. Great iron on 12 to a few feet for the birdie. She got closer on 13, another birdie. On 14 she dropped her iron in tight for another birdie. Somehow she just missed the birdie on 15, but collected another one on 16.
Dave her caddie told her as they walked up 18 that Lorena, his former boss, always felt you should end a tournament with flair. So Ko, wanting to do just that, made sure that the final putt of the year was yet another birdie. Thanks, Lorena, she joked later.
Georgia Hall, in her group today, was in awe. She told the only women's golf reporter left, "She’s so consistent. Everything is 10-foot, 15-foot, all the time, no matter what club she has in her hand. Putting, she’s so precise and the pace is never more than a foot and a half by the hole. Every time the pace is perfect."
Sei Young did not have her best stuff today, and when Ko started to flex, Kim could not keep pace. But she still hung on for the t-2nd, earning Kim the Player of the Year award. Well deserved I would say.
Nice 67 by In Gee, and a solid weekend by So Yeon Ryu. Inbee never has won an event in Florida apparently (!), and I'm guessing her discomfort with the grass there might be a reason. She still came close to grabbing a second POY.
As for the Vare, it went to Danielle Kang, who was more than a stroke behind Sei Young. Kim did not have nearly enough rounds to make it official, which is too bad, because her total would have been the best in history.
A difficult, challenging year, but another triumph for the Sisters!! See you in four weeks for 2021! Hwaiting!
I never really noticed this before... I wonder if she might start a trend? From a recent article:
Jin Young Ko’s all-white outfits may set her out from the crowd, but the world number one – who capped off a limited-schedule LPGA Tour season with victory in the Tour Championship – stands apart for another reason: that she doesn’t have an equipment deal.
While the South Korean is one of the biggest draws in the sport, the two-time Major champion has sought to keep matters so that she can put whatever clubs she likes in her bag: “I like the freedom to choose what’s best for me . . . [to give] me peace of mind, also [to] satisfy my standards in terms of technical results.”
The upshot is that Ko has a mishmash of different clubs: she has Callaway driver, 3-wood and 5-wood, a Titleist hybrid, Bridgestone irons, Ping wedges and a TaylorMade putter and Titleist ball in her armoury of equipment.
Post by legitimategolf on Dec 22, 2020 18:52:20 GMT
This was a great season even by Seoul Sister standards. 3 out of 4 majors, another USWO, POY, leading in all meaningful stats. Korea also claimed the most LPGA titles in 2020. The takeover seems just about complete. How fitting that the best American player is someone like Danielle--in women's golf there is simply no escape. The small nation has achieved true dominance in this worldwide sport. At this point I actually find myself rooting for the US to be more competitive. I don't know though, the horizon looks bleak, while in Korea the talent appears to be legion. It's not even a matter of talent though. There is more potential talent in the US than probably anywhere. But Korea has made itself into a fertile ground, that's the difference.
Shack had a couple of interesting items this week:
1.) As expected, Tiger's cub (on tape) whupped the LPGA (live) in Sunday's NBC TV ratings, about 2-to-1. But, it's not bad news for the LPGA as its ratings were about 50% higher than rouind 4 of the 2019 CME. I don't know if CME being in December was a relevant factor versus its usual November dates.
2.) By year-end, there will be 50,000,000 more rounds of golf played in 2020, compared to 2019 (I did my part from July thru October) ... source: