Naples, Florida: Jin Young Ko missed most of the LPGA Tour season and still won the year-long money title.
That’s what a US$1.1 million ($1.3m) cheque does.
World No.1 Jin Young Ko tees off en route to another payday in Florida.Credit:Getty
The win wrapped up a wire-to-wire year in the No. 1 spot for Ko, who has held the ranking since July 29, 2019. She moved to $5,600,824 in career earnings, making her the 71st player in LPGA history to cross the $5 million mark.
Ko played only four LPGA events in 2020 — she competed six times on the Korean LPGA while riding out the coronavirus pandemic at home — but Sunday’s win and a check for $487,286 for finishing second in last week’s US Women’s Open helped push her season earnings to $1,667,925. That would have been good for fifth-best on tour last season, when each of the 21 leading money-winners all appeared in at least 20 events.
Kim’s realistic hopes of winning ended when she left a 25-foot par putt short on the par-4 15th to fall four off Ko’s lead. But the player-of-the-year award was still in her control at that point, and she finished that off.
Mina Harigae (68) finished at 12 under, the fourth-place finish matching the best of her LPGA career.
Australia’s 2019 PGA Championship winner Hannah Green.Credit:Getty
Lexi Thompson shot a two-under 70 on Sunday and finished at 11-under, seven shots off the pace and tied with Lydia Ko for fifth. Thompson, the leader after Thursday’s first round, saw her streak of consecutive seasons with at least one victory end at seven.
“Definitely a good ending to the year and to the week,” said Thompson, the native Floridian who had about 15 fans following her Sunday even though the tournament was technically closed to ticket-holders.
She said she is looking forward to some normality in 2021.
“It was nice to have a few people out there supporting us,” Thompson said. “I think the fans make the game, so hopefully we’ll get back to that in 2021.”
Sunday marked the end to the 18-event LPGA season that was cut almost in half by the pandemic and was shut down for almost six months from mid-February through the end of July. Next season is scheduled to consist of 34 events, starting with the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, from January 21-24.
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