The 5th place in the world ranking has finally started.
For a while, he was unable to participate in the tournament due to a wrist injury, and was even threatened with a fine. It was such a gloomy tunnel of injury, but it feels like a soft landing after getting out of it safely.
Ko Jin-young (28), who shook off the aftermath of her wrist injury, started her return to the top at the LPGA Tour, where she participated for the first time this year. Ko Jin-young shot a 4 under par 68 in the first round of the LPGA Tour Honda Thailand (total prize money: $1.7 million) held at Siam Country Club Old Course (par 72) near Pattaya, Thailand on the 23rd.
She tied for the lead with five other players including Lin Xiu (China), Jennifer Cupcho (USA), Hataoka Nasa 먹튀검증(Japan), Anna Nordkvist (Sweden) and Jarabi Boon Chant (Thailand), who posted a 7-under-par 65. The first day ended with a burnout. A three stroke difference on the first day is not a big score in the lead. Leading entry is possible at any time.
Ko Jin-young, who dropped to fifth in the world rankings due to a wrist injury last year, spent the past three months on rehabilitation, physical training, and swing recovery after the final match of last year’s season. The effect was noticed little by little, and in 2023 she was on the field for the first time. Ko Jin-young only missed the fairway twice that day, and the green hit rate complied with 77.8%. Caught 5 birdies.
If he dared to find the tip of the jade, he only bogeyed the 16th hole (par 3).
In fact, with Ko Jin-young’s sluggish performance, Korean women’s golf has entered a period of stagnation. That’s because Ko Jin-young is the player with the highest world ranking. Female players who failed to announce their victories in as many as 17 tournaments on the LPGA Tour last year are poised to jump into the championship competition all at once.
Shin Ji-eun (31), Kim Hyo-joo (28), who took 6 birdies without bogey and tied for 6th place, one stroke behind the lead, hit 5 under par 67, and Anna Lin (27) scored 4 under par 68, the same as Ko Jin-young. wrote it Ji Eun-hee (37), Kim Se-young (30), and Choi Hye-jin (24) also showed off a good start with 3 under par 69 strokes. World No. 1 Lydia Ko (New Zealand) fired a 4 under par 68 strokes without bogey, paving the way for her victory for two weeks in a row.