In spite of damage, J.Y. Ko eyes memorable completion, $1.5 million at LPGA finale


NAPLES, Fla. – Rolex world No. 1 Jin Young Ko isn’t sure how her harmed left lower leg will hold up this week as she hopes to polish off a noteworthy season.

“Still somewhat stressed,” she said Tuesday during her news meeting at the CME Group Tour Championship.

A $1.5 million ahead of all comers check is available to all in the LPGA’s season finale. It’s the most extravagant victor’s check throughout the entire existence of ladies’ golf.

Ko felt torment in her lower leg polishing off the first round of the Taiwan Swinging Skirts occasion three weeks prior, in her last start before coming to Naples. She pulled back in the center of the third round on account of the agony.

“I’m ideally showing signs of improvement,” Ko said.

Ko may require some additional solidarity to push the handcart loaded with equipment she’s arranged to win this week.

She won’t need to hold up until the last putt drops Sunday at the CME Group Tour Championship to start pulling in every one of the honors and respects.

LPGA chief Mike Whan kicked everything off Tuesday, giving Ko the trophy for generally top-10 completes this season. Her four triumphs, two of them significant titles, were among her 12 top-10s this year.

World No. 1 Ko annoyed by harmed lower leg

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“Become acclimated to holding trophies,” Whan told Ko. “It will be a major night on Thursday.”

That is the evening of the Rolex LPGA Awards Dinner.

Ko has just won the Rolex Annika Major Award and secured the Rolex Player of the Year Award. She’s ready to include the Vare Trophy for low scoring normal and the LPGA cash title. She’s hoping to join Ariya Jutanugarn as the main players to clear every one of those honors as the Rolex world No. 1.

“She’s an extremely strong player,” world No. 3 Nelly Korda said. “Stunning on the putting green. I’m generally at stunningness with her short game.”

That seems, by all accounts, to be the last piece Ko expected to turn into the best player in the ladies’ down.

Ko has cut almost a stroke off her scoring normal from a year ago. She won the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award last season with a 69.81 scoring normal. She’s at 69.05 so far this year with an opportunity to join Annika Sorenstam as the main players to win the Vare Trophy for low scoring with a normal superior to 69 strokes for the season.

Ko is outstanding amongst other ball-strikers in the ladies’ down. She drove the visit in hitting greens in guideline a year ago and drives it again this year. The huge distinction in her scoring normal has come in her short game and putting.

In the wake of tying for 69th at the CME Group Tour Championship a year ago, Ko remained in Naples resolved to improve her short game, a shortcoming in her inside and out abilities. She got Gareth Raflewski, a short-game and putting pro, and they cooperated in a training camp style routine.

“We cooperated each day for about fourteen days,” Raflewski said.

He likewise works with the Jutanugarn sisters and Lydia Ko.

“We changed her putter and her arrangement,” Raflewski said. “Her chipping was one dimensional. She couldn’t hit it high, couldn’t turn it or knock and run it. I showed her such a significant number of various shots.”

Raflewski said the progressions required some difficult assurance to ace.

“Toward the start, she stated, ‘I’m not getting this by any means,'” Raflewski said. “However, presently, she claims each one of those shots. She doesn’t simply have every one of the shots. She realizes when to hit them, what to do in each circumstance. She’s utilizing every last bit of her own senses now.”

Players contending with Ko see it.

“I’ve played with her a lot, and she’s simply generally speaking such an extraordinary player,” Lexi Thompson said. “Exceptionally steady, and very few shortcomings. There truly isn’t. Only reliable off the tee. Extremely straight. What’s more, her short game is amazing.”

It’s the reason Ko will leave with each one of those trophies this week.

What’s more, if her lower leg holds up, potentially a $1.5 million check, as well.

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