In her last 10 starts, Rolex Rankings No. 1 Jin Young Ko has recorded nine top-10 finishes. Her five victories in that span included taking home a $1.5 million paycheck at the 2021 CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.
That big payday in November was the last time Ko played in a competitive event. She put her golf bag mostly away for nearly six weeks back home in Korea, making good on a promise she made following her win in Florida. “I spent time with my family and friends and my dog as well. And I watched Netflix in my bed with potato chips,” she said, having joked after her win that she just planned to relax in the offseason.
Ko picked the clubs back up for a month of training in Palm Springs, focusing on adjusting her backswing and rehabbing a wrist injury that lingered throughout the 2021 season. Already the owner of the longest-known bogey-free streak in golf history (114 holes in 2019), Ko comes to Singapore with another streak on the line. She has hit 63 consecutive greens in regulation, the longest recorded streak in LPGA and PGA Tour history.
“I think my irons, my club is good. Like not me, like my clubs are good,” said Ko. “And many people say, yeah, you hit the green 63 straight and all. And many people say this week is important a little bit, but I don't want to think about it. Just having fun on the course.”