Jin Young Ko wins BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea, set to overtake Nelly Korda as world No.1

BUSAN, South Korea – Jin Young Ko birdieed his first playoff hole with compatriot South Korea Hee Jeong Lim to win the BMW Ladies Championship on Sunday.

The LPGA Tour said Ko is set to become world number 1 with the victory, overtaking American Nelly Korda.

Ko was No. 1 from July 20, 2019 to June 27, 2021, a streak of 100 consecutive weeks, and was also world No. 1 for 12 weeks at the start of 2019. It was Ko’s 11th career victory at the LPGA.

Lim was a four-stroke lead before the final round, but KB’s 8-under 64s brought her to 22-under 266, tied with Lim after her final round 68.

Four players were tied for third place, four strokes behind, including South Korean-born New Zealander Lydia Ko after a 64.

Prior to the tournament, Ko played 14 straight rounds in the 1960s, tying her to Annika Sorenstam (2005) and So Yeon Ryu (2015-17) for the most in tour history.

But Ko finished with a score of under 71 on Thursday to end the streak. She has now started a new one, shooting 64-67-64 to end the tournament.

Ko won his third tournament of the season at the Cognizant Founders Cup in New Jersey, his third victory in his last six starts, a streak that includes a second-place and a sixth-place finish.

The LPGA began with a four-tournament swing in Asia until events in Shanghai, Japan and Taiwan were canceled or removed from the schedule due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This left Busan as a one-time event on the schedule, and many of North America’s top players decided not to play.

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