It’s safe to say you can never count out the World No. 2 Jin Young Ko. Many may have, when Ko snapped her spectacular streak of consecutive rounds in the 60s with her 1-under 71 on Thursday of the BMW Championship and started the second round in a tie for 42nd, seven shots behind the 18-hole leader Na Rin An.
“My friends and even my parents, you know, give me a lot of encouragement yesterday after my streak in the 60s came to an end. And my mother was like, you know, oh, what is it that gives you such a hard time? Because I think that she felt so bad,” said Ko. “She felt like I wasn't enjoying the game and the tournament. But that wasn't the case. But I feel like my mother knew me better than myself.”
But Friday is always another day.
With sunny skies abound, Ko seized control of LPGA International Busan, firing a bogey-free 64 en route to solo fifth at -9, now just two shots out of the clubhouse lead. Ko said a chip-in birdie at the start led to “everything coming together.” She continued her roll, ending the day with seven more birdies, including one on her final hole (No. 9), and 24 putts compared to 33 in the first round. When asked how she would grade her day, Ko gave it a “100/100.”
“I think whenever I play, I try to receive feedback immediately, so what went well and what didn't go so well. So I tried to receive that. And I think I personally always aim for perfection,” said Ko, who is tied with World No. 1 Nelly Korda with three wins on Tour this season. “But even when I don't play as good as I have expected, I do not get depressed. So I think I'm resilient in that sense. And I try to play more aggressively, and I try to focus on snatching more birdies than on the 60s.”