Jin Young Ko suffers two setbacks, while Céline Boutier places eleventh


Like last year, Jin Young Ko won the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore with the same score of -17 (271). Her two strokes ahead on the evening of the 3rd round will therefore have been enough for the South Korean who signed her 14th victory on the LPGA Tour in just seven years. Weighed down by two final bogeys at 17 and 18, Céline Boutier had to settle for 11th place at -9! 

The one-hour interruption of play this Sunday due to the threat of thunderstorms over the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore did not ultimately stop Jin Young Ko ‘s fantastic ride . The 27-year-old South Korean won the HSBC Women’s World Championship with a final score of -17 (271) and left her fiercest opponent, American Nelly Korda, two lengths behind. 

To tell the truth, the former world No. 1 will not have really trembled in this last round, slamming a first birdie from the No. 1 hole before completing her first leg at -3 (thanks to two new birdies at 5 and 8). Certainly, Nelly Korda offered a good resistance with for example three consecutive birdies from 3 to 5. But the Olympic gold medalist in Tokyo did not manage to maintain the pressure, conceding a bogey on 6 then a second on the return at 13. 

With a three-stroke lead when the game was interrupted at the start of the 16th, Jin Young Ko then knew how to manage her small savings of points like a great champion and align three pars in a row for a final 69 (-3) despite a last burst of pride from this same Nelly Korda on the 18th, reducing the gap to two points. The one that existed between the two young women after 54 holes… 

By achieving this double, Jin Young Ko, who won his 14th personal victory on the LPGA Tour , also perpetuates the hegemony of South Korean golf on the tournament. It is indeed the seventh success of a representative of the Land of the Morning Calm here in Singapore during the last eight editions. 

f the storms had no hold on the 2023 winner, the same cannot be said for the only tricolor player present this week in this tournament with a reduced field and without a strong cut with an endowment of 1.8 million. dollars. Still in the top 10 thanks to a nice birdie at 16, Céline Boutier unfortunately conceded two last bogeys once she returned to the course. The Francilienne based in Dallas (Texas) is content on arrival with a card in par (72) and an eleventh final place at -9 (279). 

The LPGA Tour is now taking a two-week break before a scheduled resumption in Arizona from March 23 to 26 at the LPGA Drive on Championship

Source: golfplanete