CME Group Tour Championship R4

Jin Young Ko secures Player of the Year, Lydia Ko wins Vare Trophy

LPGA Tour Championship 2021 R4
November 18-21
Tiburón Golf Club, Naples, Florida
$5,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

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Jin Young Ko started the day in a four-way tie for the lead and tied her career-best score with a bogey-free 63 to successfully defend her title at the CME Group Tour Championship. Her 23-under, 265 total is the new tournament scoring record.


LPGA Tour Championship 2021 R4

“I don’t have pressure on the course. I just want to better play than the other players. So, I did it, and, yeah. Also, I’m happy to make like my best career score today, 63; 64 was my best score, record, but I crushed it and it’s so happy.”

Her twelfth career victory on Sunday also secures her the Rolex Player of the Year award, making her the only South Korean player to earn it twice. Ko is the first player to record five wins in a season since Ariya Jutanugarn in 2016, joining Se Ri Pak and Inbee Park as South Koreans with five wins or more in a season.


LPGA Tour Championship 2021 R4

Ko hit 63 straight greens in regulation, last missing one in the first round, and made a single bogey over her last 63 holes.

Japan’s Nasa Hataoka came second one shot behind after a final round 64 followed by American Mina Harigae (67) and Frenchwoman Céline Boutier (68) in third place at 18-under.


LPGA Tour Championship 2021 R4

World Number 1 Nelly Korda, who started the day with a share of the lead alongside Ko, Hataoka and Boutier, closed with a 69 to finish tied for fifth place at 17-under alongside fellow American Megan Khang (66) and Australian Minjee Lee (66).

Korda averaged 4.90 birdies-or-better per round this season, the best single-season rate for any player with 40 or more rounds played in the last 30 LPGA Tour seasons.


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LPGA Tour Championship 2021 R4

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko closed with a bogey-free 64 and finished tied for 9th, her tenth top-10 of the year. She earned the Vare Trophy for low stroke average.

“(The Vare Trophy) is really special because obviously it sums up the whole season,” said Ko. “All the other (awards and records) do, too. But at the end of the day golf is about how consistently well you can play and what kind of low scores you can shoot. The Vare Trophy obviously exemplifies that. I think I’ve only been close one year and I just missed out on the trophy.

“I didn’t even know that I was close this year until news came out and I realized a couple months ago. Last week (at the Pelican) wasn’t really on my schedule. But it ended up being worth it because finishing tied second and to have won (the Vare) feels special. It just makes a good year even better.”


LPGA Tour Championship 2021 R4

Pos.
Player
To Par
Scores
Total
1
Jin Young Ko
-23
69-67-66-63
265
2
Nasa Hataoka
-22
69-69-64-64
266
T3
Mina Harigae
-18
65-69-69-67
270
T3
Celine Boutier
-18
65-65-72-68
270
T5
Megan Khang
-17
67-69-69-66
271
T5
Minjee Lee
-17
66-68-71-66
271
T5
Nelly Korda
-17
66-69-67-69
271
8
Lexi Thompson
-16
67-69-68-68
272
T9
Lydia Ko
-15
69-68-72-64
273
T9
In Gee Chun
-15
69-69-70-65
273
T9
Gaby Lopez
-15
66-68-69-70
273
T12
Anna Nordqvist
-14
68-69-70-67
274
T12
Leona Maguire
-14
67-71-66-70
274
T12
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-14
68-69-67-70
274
T15
Charley Hull
-13
69-75-67-64
275
T15
Hannah Green
-13
66-73-70-66
275
T15
So Yeon Ryu
-13
66-72-71-66
275
T15
Sei Young Kim
-13
65-73-70-67
275
T15
Danielle Kang
-13
71-66-70-68
275
T15
Jeongeun Lee6
-13
64-71-70-70
275
21
Jasmine Suwannapura
-12
66-72-71-67
276
T22
Lauren Stephenson
-11
69-71-70-67
277
T22
Madelene Sagstrom
-11
69-70-69-69
277
T24
Wichanee Meechai
-10
70-67-71-70
278
T24
Ally Ewing
-10
68-68-72-70
278
T24
Eun-Hee Ji
-10
67-68-72-71
278
T24
Georgia Hall
-10
67-68-71-72
278
T28
Yealimi Noh
-9
72-70-70-67
279
T28
Ariya Jutanugarn
-9
71-71-69-68
279
T28
Su Oh
-9
68-70-70-71
279
T31
Amy Olson
-8
74-70-68-68
280
T31
Moriya Jutanugarn
-8
70-71-71-68
280
T31
Ryann O’Toole
-8
72-67-71-70
280
T31
Brittany Altomare
-8
69-69-70-72
280
T35
Patty Tavatanakit
-7
68-73-70-70
281
T35
Carlota Ciganda
-7
70-72-67-72
281
T35
Xiyu Lin
-7
69-69-69-74
281
T38
Brooke M. Henderson
-6
71-70-70-71
282
T38
A Lim Kim
-6
71-67-70-74
282
T40
Esther Henseleit
-5
70-70-75-68
283
T40
Jenny Shin
-5
72-72-68-71
283
T40
Jennifer Kupcho
-5
65-78-69-71
283
T40
Jessica Korda
-5
68-69-75-71
283
T40
Wei-Ling Hsu
-5
66-73-72-72
283
T45
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-4
73-69-70-72
284
T45
Yu Liu
-4
71-69-71-73
284
T45
Lizette Salas
-4
70-69-71-74
284
48
Yuka Saso
-3
66-73-73-73
285
T49
Emma Talley
-2
70-74-72-70
286
T49
Amy Yang
-2
72-68-76-70
286
T51
Elizabeth Szokol
Par
71-73-75-69
288
T51
Austin Ernst
Par
72-75-71-70
288
T53
Hyo Joo Kim
+1
69-72-77-71
289
T53
Chella Choi
+1
69-72-72-76
289
T55
Stacy Lewis
+3
69-74-77-71
291
T55
Matilda Castren
+3
70-77-70-74
291
T55
Caroline Masson
+3
71-70-72-78
291
T58
Jenny Coleman
+5
73-75-74-71
293
T58
Sophia Popov
+5
77-75-68-73
293
Angel Yin
WD
79
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