Jin Young Ko: “A victory for my grandmother”

After losing world leadership, Jin Young Ko wins in Texas, with a total of 268 (63 70 66 69, -16) hits, the Volunteers of America Classic. For the South Korean it is the eighth title (figure including 2 Majors) on the LPGA Tour.

Jin Young Ko, statements

Look at the sky and special dedication to the grandmother who died in March that she could not even say goodbye. This is the thought addressed by Jin Young Ko immediately after the success of The Colony arrived in front of his parents. “The victory is for my grandmother to whom I have not even been able to say goodbye”. It is the moving tribute of the South Korean (always second in the world ranking behind the American Nelly Korda) who beat the Finnish Matilda Castren in the photo finish, second with 269 (-15) ahead of the Mexican Gaby Lopez, 3 / a with 270 ( -14).

The tournament of Roberta Liti ended after 36 holes. The only blue in the race, 12 / a after the first round, the 26-year-old from Colle di Val d’Elsa (Siena) was unable to overcome the cut with a score of 146 (67 79, +4).

Rory McIlroy talks after arrival in County Kilkenny yesterday.

“The last time I was on the 18th green here was that prize-giving ceremony. Tiger Woods won and I somehow sneaked my way under the ropes on to the back of the green. I was standing right behind him and his glove was still in his back pocket. I could have reached out and got it and ran, that would have been a good story to tell. Obviously I didn’t. It was the first time I’d seen him play live. I still remember the first shot I saw him hit, the drive at the 5th, a par five. He hit 2-iron into the green. It was so cool. I’d idolised him growing up and to actually see the man in the flesh was pretty exciting.”

“I’d made a bit of a name for myself as an amateur by then and knew Chubby (Chandler) and Darren (Clarke) so I was in the clubhouse and got to chat to Ernie when he won. It’s amazing to think it’s been 17 year. Certainly a lot’s changed for me since the last time I was here. I might as well play the Scottish as well. My original plan up until last week was us to come as a family, play here, take a week off, which is now the Scottish Open, and play the Open. With me being a sports person the restrictions are not as heavy for me as they would be for Erica and Poppy. I felt it wasn’t fair to put them through what they’d have to go through to be here with me. The plans changed very quickly and we made the decision I travel on my own. I wasn’t going to go back to the States for a week inbetween the Irish and the Open, so if I’m here I might as well play the Scottish as well. It went very quickly from them coming, to not coming and then me playing three events in a row! If anything, it’s probably worked out for the best. It’ll be nice to get a tournament on a links course before going into Sandwich. I didn’t play for a week because I was spending time with the family before being away. So I can now get to work here and in Scotland”.

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