Bank of Hope Founders Cup - R4

Jin Young Ko emerges from crowded leaderboard to win in Arizona

March 21-24
Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix, Arizona
$1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


On a day that included numerous lead changes, it was reigning Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Jin Young Ko who emerged victorious from a crowded leaderboard at the 2019 Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Ko played the weekend bogey-free to finish at -22 and earn a one-stroke victory over Jessica Korda, Nelly Korda, Carlota Ciganda and Yu Liu. 

The win is Ko’s third career LPGA victory and second since becoming an LPGA Member in 2018. She is a 10-time winner on the KLPGA, but Sunday’s victory was her first ever in the U.S. The 23-year-old said she felt relieved to finally breakthrough for that first win in the United States.

“Last year I think too much, so I lose a little bit confidence,” Ko said. “But my friends told me, You can do it. Also my manager and my parents, my caddie, all people say, You can. So I got lots of confidence for this year. Really good for third win in the States, so I’m really happy.”

The win at Wildfire Golf Club was extra special for Ko with LPGA Founders Marilynn Smith, Shirley Spork and Marlene Hagge cheering her on from their usual perch on the 18th green.

“I want to say thank you to the Founders,” she said. “I wouldn’t have won if there was no Founders here, because if they weren’t here, we don’t have a chance to win on this Wildfire Golf Course. I really want to appreciate the Founders and all the girls out here today and for the weekend.”

Playing in the day’s final group, Yu Liu and Carlota Ciganda came up a heartbreaking one stroke behind Jin Young Ko at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Both players were looking for breakthrough wins – Liu for her first career LPGA Tour win and Ciganda for her first victory since she visited the winner’s circle twice in 2016. 

Liu started the final round with the lead for the first time in her young LPGA career. The second-year player played steady golf for 17 holes, making three birdies and, more importantly, keeping the mistakes at a minimum. Unfortunately, her one big mistake came at No. 18. Stepping to the tee in a tie for the lead, she left her approach just short of the green. After sending her chip past the hole, her comebacker for par just brushed the right lip, the ensuing bogey dropping her just short of that maiden win.

“On the last shot I didn’t know what to expect because I don’t know exactly where I stood, if I needed to make birdies or just save par and get to a playoff,” said Liu, who had fellow Chinese player Shanshan Feng waiting greenside for support. “So, I wasn’t as focused as I would’ve liked. I think that’s why I made bogey.”

Starting the day one stroke off Liu’s lead, Ciganda opened hot, carding birdies at four of the opening seven holes and pulling one stroke clear of Liu. But bogeys at holes 8 and 11 derailed her round, and a birdie at No. 14 was just not enough for the Spaniard to catch the surging Ko.

“The bogey on 11 killed me a little bit, but I tried my best,” said Ciganda. “I played aggressive, which is my nature, and made a bogey there. Then hit good shots. Just wasn’t as control with my putting on the last few holes, so I didn’t make any putts at the end.”

Among Sunday’s hot rounds at the 2019 Bank of Hope Founders Cup, none were hotter than those from the Korda sisters. Nelly Korda and Jessica Korda posted rounds of -6 and -8, respectively, and came just short of a victory, both finishing at 21-under 267.

Jessica, who has not competed since the 2018 CME Group Tour Championship, cared more about the opportunity to play again rather than the result.

“I’m always just so grateful to be out here, and obviously playing pain-free it shows,” said Jessica. “I’m so grateful and thankful to be back that whatever I did this week I’m just going to be happy with.”

Nelly was excited to see her sister out on the course again this week. “Obviously at the end of the day we’re trying to beat each other, but I’m proud of the way she played this week her first week back, and I’m sure she is as well,” said the younger Korda.

Nelly, who was playing two groups behind Jessica on Sunday, said she was doing her best to keep up with Jessica’s pace. “I have a friend out here and right as I got on the tee on 10 she was like, ‘Oh, my God! Jess made an eagle,’” said Nelly. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God! Where did she make the eagle?’ I was trying to watch and I saw her at -21 and I’m like, ‘Oh, damn. Need to catch up a little.’”

Competing against Nelly, who already has a win under her belt at the 2019 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, made Jessica a proud sibling. “It’s been so great watching her. Just not being able to play, to be out here, just seeing how she carries herself and how she represents herself has been fantastic,” said Jessica. “She’s one up on me this year so I got to put my butt in gear.”


Player Notes

Rolex Rankings No. 9 Jin Young Ko (65-72­-64-65)

In 2019, Ko has played four events with four cuts made, with one victory and two additional top-10 finishes

Ko is the sixth different winner of the 2019 LPGA season

She is the season’s fourth winner from the Republic of Korea, joining Eun-Hee Ji, Sung Hyun Park and Amy Yang

This is her first LPGA win in the United States, joining wins in the Republic of Korea (the 2017 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship) and Australia (the 2016 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open)

Won the 2018 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award

With her win, Ko earns $225,000; she has earned $450,159 this season and $1,609,164 for her career

Race to the CME Globe

With her win, Ko earns 500 points and is projected to move from seventh to second in the Race to the CME Globe with 1,032 points

CME Group Cares Challenge – Score 1 for St. Jude

The CME Group Cares Challenge is a season-long charitable giving program that turns aces into donations. CME Group will donate $20,000 for each hole-in-one made on the LPGA Tour in 2019, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $500,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Xiyu Lin recorded the fifth ace of the 2019 LPGA Tour season on Thursday at the par 3, 17th hole at The Wildfire Golf Club, from 142 yards with a 9-iron. It raises the total to $100,000 donated thus far in 2019.

LEADERS Top 10 competition

The LEADERS Top 10 competition awards a $100,000 bonus to the LPGA player with the most top-10 finishes through the completion of the event held immediately prior to the CME Group Tour Championship. In the event of a tie in total top-10 finishes, the award will go to the player with the most official wins, followed by most second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc., until the tie is broken.

Nelly Korda’s runner-up finish at the 2019 Bank of Hope Founders Cup is her fifth top-10 finish of the season as she leads the competition through the first six events of the year.


Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
Jin Young Ko
65 – 72 – 64 – 65
266
-22
$225,000
T2
Jessica Korda
69 – 67 – 67 – 64
267
-21
$92,317
T2
Nelly Korda
68 – 67 – 66 – 66
267
-21
$92,317
T2
Carlota Ciganda
66 – 69 – 63 – 69
267
-21
$92,317
T2
Yu Liu
68 – 64 – 65 – 70
267
-21
$92,317
T6
Shanshan Feng
70 – 69 – 64 – 66
269
-19
$45,776
T6
Charlotte Thomas
65 – 71 – 67 – 66
269
-19
$45,776
T8
Brooke M. Henderson
67 – 68 – 69 – 66
270
-18
$34,701
T8
Lydia Ko
67 – 67 – 67 – 69
270
-18
$34,701
T10
Cristie Kerr
69 – 67 – 68 – 67
271
-17
$27,810
T10
Sei Young Kim
69 – 67 – 67 – 68
271
-17
$27,810
T10
Hyo Joo Kim
69 – 68 – 64 – 70
271
-17
$27,810
13
Mi Jung Hur
68 – 66 – 69 – 69
272
-16
$24,216
T14
Jeongeun Lee6
70 – 65 – 72 – 66
273
-15
$20,894
T14
Pornanong Phatlum
66 – 70 – 70 – 67
273
-15
$20,894
T14
Amy Yang
68 – 66 – 71 – 68
273
-15
$20,894
T14
Sung Hyun Park
66 – 66 – 69 – 72
273
-15
$20,894
T18
Su Oh
69 – 72 – 69 – 64
274
-14
$16,123
T18
Emma Talley
73 – 69 – 66 – 66
274
-14
$16,123
T18
Caroline Masson
71 – 69 – 67 – 67
274
-14
$16,123
T18
Ariya Jutanugarn
70 – 70 – 67 – 67
274
-14
$16,123
T18
Hee Young Park
71 – 67 – 69 – 67
274
-14
$16,123
T18
Sarah Schmelzel
67 – 70 – 68 – 69
274
-14
$16,123
T18
Linnea Strom
69 – 65 – 70 – 70
274
-14
$16,123
T18
Bronte Law
69 – 69 – 65 – 71
274
-14
$16,123
26
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
65 – 69 – 72 – 69
275
-13
$13,586
T27
Brittany Lincicome
74 – 65 – 70 – 67
276
-12
$11,623
T27
Annie Park
71 – 68 – 69 – 68
276
-12
$11,623
T27
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
70 – 69 – 69 – 68
276
-12
$11,623
T27
Haru Nomura
70 – 71 – 66 – 69
276
-12
$11,623
T27
Na Yeon Choi
65 – 71 – 69 – 71
276
-12
$11,623
T27
Azahara Munoz
70 – 71 – 63 – 72
276
-12
$11,623
T27
Angel Yin
67 – 67 – 66 – 76
276
-12
$11,623
T34
Tiffany Chan
73 – 66 – 73 – 65
277
-11
$8,897
T34
Alison Lee
70 – 72 – 68 – 67
277
-11
$8,897
T34
Chella Choi
69 – 71 – 68 – 69
277
-11
$8,897
T34
Inbee Park
69 – 66 – 71 – 71
277
-11
$8,897
T34
Jennifer Song
70 – 68 – 67 – 72
277
-11
$8,897
T34
Mirim Lee
67 – 70 – 68 – 72
277
-11
$8,897
T40
Thidapa Suwannapura
72 – 67 – 72 – 67
278
-10
$6,824
T40
Lizette Salas
69 – 74 – 66 – 69
278
-10
$6,824
T40
Tiffany Joh
69 – 73 – 67 – 69
278
-10
$6,824
T40
Amy Olson
72 – 67 – 70 – 69
278
-10
$6,824
T40
Alana Uriell
65 – 73 – 71 – 69
278
-10
$6,824
T40
Stephanie Meadow
72 – 67 – 67 – 72
278
-10
$6,824
T40
Cheyenne Knight
66 – 68 – 72 – 72
278
-10
$6,824
T47
Elizabeth Szokol
73 – 70 – 70 – 66
279
-9
$5,150
T47
Wichanee Meechai
71 – 70 – 70 – 68
279
-9
$5,150
T47
Eun-Hee Ji
72 – 69 – 69 – 69
279
-9
$5,150
T47
Georgia Hall
69 – 72 – 69 – 69
279
-9
$5,150
T47
Marina Alex
68 – 70 – 72 – 69
279
-9
$5,150
T47
Mi Hyang Lee
70 – 72 – 67 – 70
279
-9
$5,150
T47
Celine Boutier
64 – 70 – 73 – 72
279
-9
$5,150
T47
Mo Martin
71 – 68 – 66 – 74
279
-9
$5,150
T55
In Gee Chun
72 – 71 – 70 – 67
280
-8
$4,282
T55
Ruixin Liu
70 – 71 – 69 – 70
280
-8
$4,282
T55
Austin Ernst
72 – 68 – 66 – 74
280
-8
$4,282
T58
Charley Hull
73 – 70 – 70 – 68
281
-7
$3,692
T58
Minjee Lee
71 – 72 – 69 – 69
281
-7
$3,692
T58
Gaby Lopez
70 – 70 – 70 – 71
281
-7
$3,692
T58
Ally McDonald
69 – 71 – 70 – 71
281
-7
$3,692
T58
Jenny Shin
66 – 71 – 73 – 71
281
-7
$3,692
T58
Anna Nordqvist
72 – 66 – 69 – 74
281
-7
$3,692
T64
Megan Khang
74 – 69 – 73 – 66
282
-6
$3,249
T64
Xiyu Lin
70 – 73 – 73 – 66
282
-6
$3,249
T64
Kim Kaufman
73 – 67 – 72 – 70
282
-6
$3,249
T64
Dana Finkelstein
72 – 70 – 69 – 71
282
-6
$3,249
T64
Daniela Darquea
67 – 76 – 67 – 72
282
-6
$3,249
T69
Gemma Dryburgh
70 – 73 – 70 – 70
283
-5
$2,990
T69
Anne Van Dam
74 – 66 – 67 – 76
283
-5
$2,990
T71
Hannah Green
69 – 72 – 71 – 72
284
-4
$2,879
T71
Katherine Kirk
68 – 73 – 71 – 72
284
-4
$2,879
T71
Peiyun Chien
69 – 71 – 71 – 73
284
-4
$2,879
T74
Brittany Altomare
69 – 74 – 72 – 70
285
-3
$2,754
T74
Brianna Do
74 – 69 – 71 – 71
285
-3
$2,754
T74
Wei-Ling Hsu
70 – 71 – 73 – 71
285
-3
$2,754
T74
Kristen Gillman
74 – 69 – 68 – 74
285
-3
$2,754
T78
Sarah Jane Smith
71 – 72 – 73 – 70
286
-2
$2,633
T78
Clariss Guce
68 – 75 – 72 – 71
286
-2
$2,633
T78
Moriya Jutanugarn
69 – 71 – 69 – 77
286
-2
$2,633
81
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
72 – 70 – 70 – 75
287
-1
$2,566
82
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
73 – 70 – 70 – 75
288
E
$2,533
83
Yoon-Ji Cho
72 – 71 – 73 – 73
289
1
$2,500
84
Sandra Gal
73 – 69 – 73 – 75
290
2
$2,468
85
Lee-Anne Pace
73 – 70 – 77 – 72
292
4
$2,436
CUT
Stacy Lewis
75 – 69
E
$0
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
74 – 70
E
$0
CUT
Morgan Pressel
74 – 70
E
$0
CUT
Christina Kim
73 – 71
E
$0
CUT
Brittany Marchand
71 – 73
E
$0
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
71 – 73
E
$0
CUT
Nicole Broch Larsen
70 – 74
E
$0
CUT
Brittany Lang
69 – 75
E
$0
CUT
Juli Inkster
76 – 69
1
$0
CUT
Catriona Matthew
75 – 70
1
$0
CUT
Laura Davies
74 – 71
1
$0
CUT
Isi Gabsa
74 – 71
1
$0
CUT
Aditi Ashok
73 – 72
1
$0
CUT
Jenny Haglund
73 – 72
1
$0
CUT
In-Kyung Kim
73 – 72
1
$0
CUT
Lauren Stephenson
73 – 72
1
$0
CUT
Kendall Dye
72 – 73
1
$0
CUT
Ayako Uehara
72 – 73
1
$0
CUT
Candie Kung
71 – 74
1
$0
CUT
Marissa Steen
71 – 74
1
$0
CUT
Haeji Kang
69 – 76
1
$0
CUT
Lindy Duncan
75 – 71
2
$0
CUT
Jane Park
75 – 71
2
$0
CUT
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
75 – 71
2
$0
CUT
Celine Herbin
74 – 72
2
$0
CUT
Alena Sharp
74 – 72
2
$0
CUT
Mariajo Uribe
74 – 72
2
$0
CUT
Mel Reid
73 – 73
2
$0
CUT
Csicsi Rozsa
73 – 73
2
$0
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg
72 – 74
2
$0
CUT
Ashleigh Buhai
70 – 76
2
$0
CUT
Youngin Chun
76 – 71
3
$0
CUT
Sakura Yokomine
76 – 71
3
$0
CUT
Mina Harigae
74 – 73
3
$0
CUT
Jackie Stoelting
74 – 73
3
$0
CUT
Dani Holmqvist
73 – 74
3
$0
CUT
Ryann O’Toole
73 – 74
3
$0
CUT
Jacqui Concolino
72 – 75
3
$0
CUT
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
72 – 75
3
$0
CUT
Yani Tseng
72 – 75
3
$0
CUT
Maria Torres
69 – 78
3
$0
CUT
Angela Stanford
76 – 72
4
$0
CUT
Dottie Ardina
75 – 73
4
$0
CUT
Pavarisa Yoktuan
75 – 73
4
$0
CUT
Angelina Kim (a)
74 – 74
4
$0
CUT
Jeong Eun Lee
74 – 74
4
$0
CUT
Jaclyn Lee
73 – 75
4
$0
CUT
Lindsey Weaver
73 – 75
4
$0
CUT
Karine Icher
72 – 76
4
$0
CUT
Gerina Piller
78 – 71
5
$0
CUT
Madelene Sagstrom
74 – 75
5
$0
CUT
Klara Spilkova
73 – 76
5
$0
CUT
Benyapa Niphatsophon
78 – 72
6
$0
CUT
Kris Tamulis
77 – 73
6
$0
CUT
Becca Huffer
75 – 76
7
$0
CUT
Joanna Klatten
76 – 77
9
$0
CUT
Maddie McCrary
73 – 80
9
$0
DQ
Jing Yan
69 – 69
$0
WD
Beatriz Recari
$0
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