Jin wins LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship

LPGA Tour

Korea Republic’s Jin Young Ko held off World No 2 and countryman Sung Hyun Park to clinch her first LPGA Tour victory by two shots at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship on Sunday.

Ko started the day with a two-stroke lead but got her final round off to a poor start as she bogeyed two of the first three holes to drop two behind Park before she sank birdies to fire a four-under-par 68 on the Ocean Course at SKY72 Golf & Resort.

The 22-year-old Ko picked up five shots in an eight-hole stretch from the fifth before posting a 19-under total of 269 in near-perfect conditions.

Park had to settle for second place after closing with a 68. After playing flawless golf over the first 13 holes with four birdies, a three-putt bogey at the 14th effectively halted her title bid.

In Gee Chun of Korea Republic finished in third after carding a final round 69.

Defending champion Carlota Ciganda completed an impressive title defence by tying for eighth with a final-round 72.

Leading Scores:
1. Jin Young Ko -19 (68 67 66 68) 269 total
2. Sung Hyun Park -17 (66 69 68 68)
3. In Gee Chun -16 (70 65 68 69)
4. Lizette Salas -14 (67 69 68 70)
5. Marina Alex -13 (67 69 69 70)

6. Charley Hull -12 (71 70 66 69)
6. Minjee Lee -12 (66 71 68 71)

8. So Yeon Ryu -10 (72 68 68 70)
8. Brooke Henderson -10 (71 67 68 72)
8. Carlota Ciganda -10 (72 67 67 72)
8. Angel Yin -10 (68 65 72 73)

12. Cristie Kerr -9 (67 69 70 73)

13. Ji Hyun Kim -8 (71 70 70 69)

14. Suzann Pettersen -7 (70 71 69 71)
14. Nelly Korda -7 (73 67 70 71)
14. Ji-Hyun Kim -7 (68 68 72 73)
14. Hye Jin Choi -7 (71 69 69 72)
14. Min Sun Kim -7 (66 71 70 74)

19. Ayako Uehara -6 (70 72 71 69)
19. Lydia Ko -6 (68 73 69 72)
19. Min-Ji Park -6 (67 72 70 73)
19. Chella Choi -6 (67 70 70 75)

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