Nelly Korda vs Jin Young Ko: Breakdown of Wins and Stats From the 2020-21 Season

Published 11/21/2021, 10:25 AM EST


This LPGA season has been a bit different for the organization and the players as well. A major part of that difference is Nelly Korda and Jin Young Ko, both of whom have played their best golf yet in 2021. While neither of the two is eligible for the Vare Trophy, they are the top two contenders for the Player of the Year award.

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To anyone following the LPGA season and female golf, the two stars have certainly set themselves apart from the rest of the crowd. While Korda has some things working in her favor, Ko has some things working in hers.

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Comparing Nelly Korda and Jin Young Ko’s 2021

Looking at Korda’s 2021, the 23-year-old has won her first major, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. For many, that keeps her one step ahead, as far as wins are concerned. Plus, Korda also bagged the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

On the other hand, Ko has also won four events.

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For the Player of the Year award, Korda is currently at 191 points. Ko is at 181. No other LPGA player is close, and the chase to the title is only between the two of them.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Women’s Individual – Final – Round 2 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – August 5, 2021. Nelly Korda of the United States in action. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

They are currently playing at the Tiburon Golf Club – Gold Course, part of a four-way playoff for the CME Group Tour Championship. Celine Boutier and Nasa Hataoka are the other two.

 “I’m just out there going to do my job, taking a shot at a time, and see where it takes me,” Korda said about the playoffs.

StatNelly KordaJin Young Ko
Average Driving Distance275.08258.30
Putting Average29.7829.56
Scoring Average68.8469.03
Birdies272272
Eagles103
Total Events Played1618
Official Money List$2,237,157$2,002,161
Majors10

Korda’s play has been near perfect, shooting at a 68.85 scoring average. Ko follows close at 69.03.

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Is Jin Young Ko nervous?

Ko, who is leading the LPGA with 12 top ten wins, is feeling a little pressure. When asked about the Player of the Year award, and how she feels about it. “It’s tough to say,” Ko said. “I have to win because she’s playing really well right now”. 

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While one might say Korda has an edge right now, 26-year-old Ko is not far away.

Do you think both players have had their best LPGA seasons? Who will win the POY award?

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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