Jin-Young Ko’s Domination Over LPGA Star Nelly Korda to Emotionally Break a 15-Year-old Record Gets Validation From Golf Fans

Published 03/05/2023, 7:43 AM EST

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Since turning pro in 2013, Jin-Young Ko has begun stacking up wins on the LPGA of Korea Tour. And while many assumed that would all end when she moved to the LPGA Tour, they were soon proved wrong. Ko has consistently been grabbing wins on the tour and recently grabbed yet another by beating world No. 2, Nelly Korda. Not only did Ko take home her 14th Tour event trophy with the win, but she also created history with it, accomplishing what no one has ever been able to do before.

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This week’s LPGA Tour event, the LPGA Women’s World Championship, was underway in Singapore, and only just hours ago saw a finish. At the Sentosa Golf Club, the South Korean LPGA Tour star finished the final round off with an easy putt just inches away from the 18th hole. She beat one of her biggest rivals on the Tour, Korda by 2 strokes, with a score of 3 under par.

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Korda too had shot an incredible 69 at the 72-par course, but that wasn’t enough to overtake Ko since she had ended the third round two strokes behind her too. Ko had managed to defend the world championship title, which was in fact her last win on the Tour before today. This was an incredible feat that had never been accomplished at the HSBC World Championship before since it first began 15 years ago.

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The two-time major winner had just made history by grabbing the win, and it broke her. Her hard exterior melted down, and she wept with joy as Korda walked up to her and graciously hugged and congratulated her. “Tears of joy,” said the LPGA Tour, which posted the video of her winning putt and emotional win on Instagram.

Golf world applauds Ko for her stunning win

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The golf fans were also stunned by Ko’s performance. Her four birdies during the fourth round had been enough to offset her one bogey and also keep Korda at bay. And the fans applauded that. “👏👏 well done,” commented one. And another wrote, “heart of [a] champion.” Many more went on to pay their respects with emojis, commenting, “👏👏👏👏.”

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Fans were also glad to see Ko shed tears of happiness. “Good to see some emotion out of her. Congratulations!” said one LPGA Tour fan, while another wrote, “Amazing. I would cry also. Life’s not easy. Even when u are a celebrity.” “The best. Now please smile and enjoy,” stated another fan.

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What do you think about Jin-Young’s history-creating win? And how do you think it will affect the rest of her season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sheldon Pereira

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Sheldon is a golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is a business graduate from Christ University with a degree in Finance and Accounting. He also has experience as a Senior Audit Associate at an MNC, but his love for writing drove him towards his dream, and he switched careers.
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