Ko records 12 top-10 finishes, including four wins, during the 2021 LPGA Tour season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 17, 2021 – The Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No. 2 Jin Young Ko has officially won the LEADERS Top 10 competition and a $100,000 bonus after accumulating the most top-10 finishes during the 2021 Tour season. Ko clinched the honor following her victory at the BMW Ladies Championship in October.
Ko earned a total of 12 top-10 finishes in 18 starts this season. Entering the CME Group Tour Championship, the 26-year-old’s year included four wins and two additional top-three results.
Lydia Ko edged out Patty Tavatanakit in a tiebreak for second and third place, respectively. Both players posted 10 top-10 finishes heading into the final event of 2021.
“It's really honor to get LEADERS Top 10 twice, in 2019 and two years later,” said Ko. “It means I played really well and I really consistent over the year. This Tour has a lot of good players out there, but I got LEADERS Top 10. That means I am a little lucky.”
This is the second time Ko has won the LEADERS Top 10 competition. In 2019, Ko secured the season-long achievement on a tiebreak with Brooke Henderson and Hyo Joo Kim. Henderson and Kim also recorded 12 top-10 finishes, but Ko won the competition thanks to her four official tournament wins that included two major championship titles at the ANA Inspiration and the Amundi Evian Championship. Ko tied for second in the competition’s inaugural year (2018) with 13 top-10 finishes alongside Minjee Lee, three behind winner Ariya Jutanugarn.
Ko produced a spectacular fourth season on Tour as one of two players to record four wins in 2021. She claimed four top-10 finishes in her first five starts this year, including a tie for third at the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open. After adding another top 10 at the U.S. Women’s Open (T7), Ko earned her first victory of the season in July at the Volunteers of America Classic. Her second win came at the Cambia Portland Classic two starts later. Ko then recorded consecutive victories at the Cognizant Founders Cup and the BMW Ladies Championship, earning the 200th win by a Korean player in LPGA Tour history at LPGA International Busan. In her last six starts, Ko has not finished worse than a tie for sixth.
Ko is currently ranked No. 2 in the Rolex Rankings. She last returned to the No. 1 spot for the third time in career following her win at the BMW Ladies Championship until November 8. Ko also represented the Republic of Korea at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, finishing in a tie for ninth.
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