Jin Young Ko

Jin Young Ko 2023: Net Worth, Salary, and Endorsements

Hailing from Seoul, South Korea, Jin Young Ko has become a force to be reckoned with in the golf world in a very short time. Her Incredible achievements include numerous LPGA wins, major victories, and prestigious awards, among other things.

As Jin Young Ko continues to script amazing records in the LPGA by leaps and bounds, here is all you need to know about the golfing sensation!

Personal life and family

Jin Young Ko started playing golf at a very young age and credits her parents for always supporting her. Young Ko was born on 7 July 1995 in Seoul, South Korea. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, to parents Ko Sung-Tae and Mi Kyung Kim. In the past, Ko revealed that she shared a very close relationship with her grandfather, Ik Joo Ko.

The golfer loves and often indulges in blueberry cheesecake tarts and Korean braised ribs. She also enjoys her mom's cooking a lot. She loves Jeju Island in South Korea since it is by the ocean and boasts a great variety of food items. Her favorite city in the US is Chicago.

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Her favorite golf course is? Thornberry Creek at Oneida, Wisconsin, which she had once revealed to the Detroit News. She also loves the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills and the Evian Resort Golf Club, as those were the turfs of her major wins.

Ko has a dog named Awesome. She also enjoys the music of Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and Maroon 5.

Professional career

Jin Young Ko turned pro in 2013 at the age of 18. Between 2014 and 2017, she recorded 10 wins on the LPGA of Korea Tour. She eventually joined the LPGA Tour in 2018. That year, she appeared in 25 events on the big Tour, missing just one cut and finishing in the top 10 in 13 starts.

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So far in her career, she has won on the LPGA Tour a total of 15 times and has had several stints at the helm of the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings. During the 2023 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, the South Korean golfer broke Loren Ochoa's record by spending a total of 159 weeks as World No. 1.

Her caddie is David Brooker, who is one of the most renowned bagmen in the game. He has previously been on the bags for the likes of Lorena Ochoa, Suzann Pettersen, and Paula Creamer. Their partnership came about in 2019 after Ko's agency got in touch with Brooker.

Major achievements

Jin Young Ko's best professional season came in 2009, wherein she picked up two major victories. She first won the Chevron Championship (then known as ANA Inspiration), which lifted her to number one in the rankings. Her second victory came at the Evian Championship.

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Back in 2019, she also played 114 consecutive holes without a bogey, breaking Tiger Woods' record of 110 holes in 2009. That year, she was also the leading money winner on the LPGA Tour and even claimed the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average. Ko was also conferred the LPGA Rolex Player of the Year award for her achievements.

Net worth and endorsements

Currently, Jin Young Ko's net worth is estimated to be around $5 million. She was the top money earner on the LPGA for three years straight, from 2019 to 2021. She has also partnered up with top companies and brands over the years.

Some valuable sponsorships from her native South Korea include LG Electronics, Korean Air, Jeju SamDaSoo mineral water and Rejuran skincare products, among others. One of her most notable partnerships is with Callaway Golf, with whom she signed a multi-year deal in 2022.

How to contact Jin Young Ko

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Full NameKo Jin - Young
NicknameYoung - Ko
Age28 Years
Date of Birth7th July 1995
ResidencySeoul, South Korea
NationalitySouth Korean
SpouseN/A
ChildrenN/A
CollegeSungkyunkwan University
Height5'6.5"
Weight132 lbs
Professional Wins26
Highest Ranking1

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