Courageous Jin Young Ko wins Evian Championship
Jin Young Ko held her nerve to win the Evian Championship in France on Sunday evening.
The South Korean clinched her second major title of the year when she fired a four under around a soggy Evian-les-Bains, earning her a two stroke win over Shanshan Feng, Hyo Joo Kim and Jennifer Kupcho, who all tied for second.
The victory, however, came somewhat at the expense of her friend and playing partner Hyo Joo Kim. Her fellow South Korean was the overnight leader and was playing consistent golf to keep the chasers at bay, a second major title seemingly within her grasp.
But it all fell apart on the par three 14th.
Kim’s pulled tee shot plugged in the bunker close to the lip and her attempt to blast it out resulted in the ball rolling back into her footprint. Finally, Kim got out with her third but only reached the fringe. Clearly shaken by the prospect of the title slipping through her fingers, she went on to three-putt and scribbled down a triple bogey.
Meanwhile, Ko had tapped in for par on the same hole and the three shot swing saw her lead the field by two. She gave herself more of a cushion with a clutch birdie on the 17th and played the last conservatively to seal the win.
2 Major victories. 1 year.
— LPGA (@LPGA) July 28, 2019
“I thought last night I can do,” said the 24-year-old, who moves back to world number one on Monday.
“If play really good I can win. So I will try to focus on my game. I never saw other players shots or scores. It’s good to me, so I got win.”
In just her eighth LPGA start, Kupcho was pleased with a T2 finish that was aided by a superb 66 on Sunday.
“It’s crazy,” quipped the American.
“I definitely played really well this week, and it’s exciting to see that I can compete where my game is right now. Excited for the rest of the season.”
Further down the leaderboard, former world number one Arya Jutanugarn finished alone in fifth, four shots back, while her sister Maria was tied for sixth with Sung Hyun Park.
Injury rules Open champion Cameron Smith out of BMW Championship
The Australian world number two currently sits third in the FedEx Cup standings, 1,132 points behind leader Will Zalatoris.
Will Zalatoris triumphs in dramatic playoff to claim first PGA Tour win
The American defeated Austria’s Sepp Straka in three extra holes at TPC Southwind – despite not making a birdie.
Ewen Ferguson seals wire-to-wire victory at ISPS Handa World Invitational
The 26-year-old Scot also won the Qatar Masters in March.
New Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald motivated by ‘bitter’ memories of 2021 defeat
Stenson was stripped of the role for breaking his contract by joining the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.
The task facing Luke Donald after replacing Henrik Stenson
Stenson was appointed on March 15 and said he was fully committed to a role before signing with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.
Tony Finau claims second straight PGA Tour victory
The American won the 3M Open in his previous outing.
Henrik Stenson cushions Ryder Cup blow with £3.6m debut win in LIV Golf
The Swede was stripped of his role as Europe captain after joining the Saudi-backed breakaway tour.
Former Masters champion Bubba Watson becomes latest player to join LIV Golf
The left-hander is currently sidelined by a knee injury and is not expected to play until next season,
Luke Donald tipped to replace Henrik Stenson as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain
The Swede lost the job 127 days after his appointment following his decision to join the LIV Golf series.