JTBC Classic R1

Jin Young Ko back in the lead

JTBC Classic 2022 R1

March 24-27
Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, California
$1,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

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Rolex Rankings No. 1 Jin Young Ko fired her 16th consecutive round in the 60s in the opening round of the JTBC Classic presented by Barbasol.


JTBC Classic 2022 R1

The Korean player’s bogey-free 7-under 65 featured three consecutive birdies from the 7th. Ko hit 11 of 14 fairways and 17 of 18 greens and needed just 29 putts. She was pleased with that number considering the tricky Poa annua putting surfaces. Ko led the Tour in greens in regulation heading into this week at 83.33%

“I’m just trying to hit 60s today. These greens are really tricky so I didn’t expect good putting or to make a lot of putts on these greens but I made a lot of birdies today and had a bogey-free round. It’s pretty good so far.”


JTBC Classic 2022 R1

Ko wanted to play this week to prepare for the year’s first major next week. She is in form, having won her 13th career victory earlier this month at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, but still thinks her best golf is ahead of her.

“My mental game is strong right now. Swing and putting, not bad, but not good. Going to a major, there’s a lot of pressure on all the players, so we have to fight with nervous emotion. But my mental game is strong right now after Singapore. I’m doing well but many people say 2019 was my career high. But I think no, not yet. So in 2021, I played well, but not yet. It’s not coming yet. Even this year, too. So I need to win more and I want to win more. But I have to focus on myself if I want to really get the wins.”


JTBC Classic 2022 R1

Nanna Koerstz Madsen, the most recent Rolex First-Time Winner, carded the lowest score of the afternoon wave, a 6-under 66 to sit in solo second. She needed only 25 putts in the opening round, her short game making up for her erratic driving on Thursday.

“I’m very pleased with the score. I think I only hit four fairways. I wasn’t really struggling off the tee, was just in the first cut, but on these greens sometimes it can be hard coming from the rough. I made some good putts out there, which I maybe wasn’t expecting only having 25 putts today, but it was good.”

Three players are tied for third at 5-under with Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh, Republic of Korea’s Hye-Jin Choi and American Cheyenne Knight all carding 67s.


JTBC Classic 2022 R1

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Pos.PlayerTo ParR1
1Jin Young Ko-765
2Nanna Koerstz Madsen-666
T3Cheyenne Knight-567
T3Gemma Dryburgh-567
T3Hye-Jin Choi-567
T6Mo Martin-468
T6Maude-Aimee Leblanc-468
T6Ryann O’Toole-468
T6Lydia Ko-468
T6Pajaree Anannarukarn-468
T11Alana Uriell-369
T11In Kyung Kim-369
T11Minjee Lee-369
T11Danielle Kang-369
T11Ariya Jutanugarn-369
T11Charley Hull-369
T11Stephanie Meadow-369
T11Na Rin An-369
T11Emma Talley-369
T11Moriya Jutanugarn-369
T11Jessica Korda-369
T11Leona Maguire-369
T11In Gee Chun-369
T11Atthaya Thitikul-369
T11Alison Lee-369
T11Haeji Kang-369
T27Jeongeun Lee6-270
T27Xiyu Janet Lin-270
T27Muni He-270
T27Mirim Lee-270
T27Sarah Schmelzel-270
T27Albane Valenzuela-270
T27Jillian Hollis #-270
T27Agathe Laisne-270
T27Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras-270
T27Maria Fassi-270
T27Janie Jackson-270
T27Nasa Hataoka-270
T27Eun-Hee Ji-270
T27Stacy Lewis-270
T27Gerina Mendoza-270
T42Olivia Cowan-171
T42Hinako Shibuno-171
T42Cydney Clanton-171
T42Lauren Coughlin-171
T42Jaye Marie Green-171
T42Brittany Altomare-171
T42Yealimi Noh-171
T42Brittany Lincicome-171
T42Jeongeun Lee5-171
T42Morgane Metraux-171
T42Frida Kinhult-171
T42Haylee Rae Harford-171
T42Katherine Perry-Hamski-171
T42Jasmine Suwannapura-171
T42Dewi Weber-171
T42Anna Nordqvist-171
T42Inbee Park-171
T42Madelene Sagstrom-171
T42Emily Kristine Pedersen-171
T42Katherine Kirk-171
T42Ruixin Liu-171
T42Min Lee-171
T42Dana Finkelstein-171
T42Yaeeun Hong-171
T42Lilia Vu-171
T67Jenny ColemanPar72
T67Allison EmreyPar72
T67Lizette SalasPar72
T67Gaby LopezPar72
T67Cristie KerrPar72
T67Christina KimPar72
T67Annie ParkPar72
T67Pornanong PhatlumPar72
T67Pauline Roussin-BouchardPar72
T67Jennifer SongPar72
T67Jennifer ChangPar72
T67Maddie SzerykPar72
T67Isi GabsaPar72
T67Austin ErnstPar72
T67Ayaka FuruePar72
T67Amy YangPar72
T67Sung Hyun ParkPar72
T67Paula RetoPar72
T67Kelly TanPar72
T67Chella ChoiPar72
T87Stephanie Kyriacou+173
T87Hee Jeong Lim+173
T87Marina Alex+173
T87Perrine Delacour+173
T87Jennifer Kupcho+173
T87Lexi Thompson+173
T87Hannah Green+173
T87Caroline Masson+173
T87Mina Harigae+173
T87Matilda Castren+173
T87Linnea Johansson+173
T87Pernilla Lindberg+173
T87Sophia Popov+173
T87Sanna Nuutinen+173
T87Yu-Sang Hou+173
T87Casey Danielson+173
T87Hyo Joo Kim+173
T87Megan Khang+173
T87Amy Olson+173
T106Allisen Corpuz+274
T106Lauren Hartlage+274
T106Jodi Ewart Shadoff+274
T106Sophia Schubert+274
T106Lauren Stephenson+274
T106Peiyun Chien+274
T106Rachel Rohanna+274
T106Ally Ewing+274
T106Marissa Steen+274
T106Lindsey Weaver-Wright+274
T116Savannah Vilaubi+375
T116A Lim Kim+375
T116Wei-Ling Hsu+375
T116Giulia Molinaro+375
T116Na Yeon Choi+375
T116Charlotte Thomas+375
T116Aditi Ashok+375
T116Ruoning Yin+375
T124Ana Belac+476
T124Amanda Doherty+476
T124Fatima Fernandez Cano+476
T124Esther Henseleit+476
T124Sei Young Kim+476
T124Jenny Shin+476
T124Brittany Lang+476
T124Hee Young Park+476
T124Mel Reid+476
T124Jiwon Jeon+476
T124Sarah Kemp+476
T124Bianca Pagdanganan+476
136Kaitlyn Papp+577
T137Liz Nagel+678
T137Brooke Matthews+678
T137Yu Liu+678
T140Wichanee Meechai+779
T140Bronte Law+779
T142Vivian Hou+880
T142Lauren Kim+880
144Juli Inkster+981
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