(Reuters) -South Korean world primary Ko Jin-young used a string of late birdies to tug away from the chasing pack and declare a medical five-shot victory on the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group (NASDAQ:) Tour Championship in Naples, Florida, on Sunday.
Ko, who started the day one shot again of defending champion and compatriot Kim Sei-young, carded a closing six-under-par 66 that introduced her to 18 beneath on the week at Tiburon Golf Membership for her first win of the pandemic-stained season.
“I nonetheless cannot imagine it, that I am right here, and that I received this event,” stated Ko, who solely competed in 4 LPGA occasions in 2020 after selecting to stay in Korea when the LPGA Tour resumed play in July amid the pandemic.
“Earlier than the tee off I simply (thought), OK, 18 holes left and I’m going residence, so simply loosen up and simply get pleasure from, simply stick with it.”
England’s Hannah Inexperienced (67) and Kim (72) completed in a share of second place, one shot away from American Mina Harigae (68).
Ko birdied two of her first six holes and shook off a bogey on the ninth earlier than making a transfer on the par-three twelfth the place she rattled off the primary of three consecutive birdies to pad her lead after which added two extra over her closing three holes.
The event capped an 18-event LPGA season that was shut down from mid-February by means of July due to COVID-19.
The 2021 LPGA season could have 34 official occasions, beginning with the Jan. 21-24 Diamond Resorts Event of Champions in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
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