I dream of entering the Hall of Fame in a place where I was thrilled with my first win on the ‘Dream Stage’. ‘Queen’ Ko Jin-young (28, Solaire) takes on another great challenge.
Ko Jin-young participated in an official press conference ahead of the LPGA Tour Drive-On Championship (total prize money of $1.75 million) to be held at the Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club (par 72, 6690 yards) in Gold Canyon, Arizona on the 23rd (Korean time)메이저놀이터. did. He said, “I am happy to be back because Arizona is where I won my first win in the United States after advancing to the LPGA Tour in 2019.”
Ko Jin-young, who entered the LPGA Tour in 2018, stopped being unrelated after winning the Handa Women’s Australian Open in February 2018, her debut season. Then she added to her multiplier at the 2019 Wildfire GC in Phoenix, Arizona. This is her first win in the US mainland, and with this momentum, she won her major tournaments, the ANA Inspiration and Evian Championship, and even collected the CP Women’s Open trophy, winning 4 victories. She swept Player of the Year, Money King, and Worst Striker award, rising to No. 1 in the world rankings.
After boosting her momentum by winning the HSBC Women’s World Championship held in Singapore last month, Arizona is the place where she entered the US mainland, so the feeling is bound to be fresh. Ko Jin-young said, “It’s not the Founders’ Cup (which she won), but she has memories of winning in Phoenix, so she is preparing for the tournament in a good mood. Compared to Wild Fire GC, the fairways are wider and the greens are faster, so I think I need to hit the iron shot precisely.”
Ko Jin-young, who recovered from his wrist injury, said that the feeling of the shot was not 100%. Even during the break, she worked on her training to keep her senses intact. She believes that soon she will recover her senses to a satisfactory level,” she expressed her confidence.
Ko Jin-young, who returned to the hometown of Phoenix with good energy, laughed, saying, “The first goal in this tournament is to have a 100% great swing, and the second goal is to play calmly and pass the cut.” It means that you are confident, and it means that you are going to the competition in a psychologically relieved state after winning the last competition.
Since they entered the US mainland in a completely different look from last year, it is worth having grand dreams. Jinyoung Koh’s ultimate goal is to be inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame. She had 19 points before this tournament, adding 8 points and she could be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Among the Korean players, Pak Se-ri and Park In-bi were inducted.
Ko Jin-young said, “Rather than thinking that I want to enter (the Hall of Fame), I am brainwashing myself into thinking that I have already achieved it.” Hall of Fame points can be accumulated by winning a tournament, placing first in average at bats for the season, 1 point for Player of the Year, and 2 points for winning a major tournament. You need to get 27 points as a game performance, and you have to win a major, rank first in average at bats, and win one of the Players of the Year. Ko Jin-young has met all other conditions except for the score.
As in 2019, if you win 4 wins, including 2 majors, and win the Player of the Year and average batting average, you get 8 points. Ko Jin-young’s self-implication of ‘already achieved’ is also his goal this season.