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South Korea’s Ko regains top rank with BMW Ladies Championship win

South Korea’s Ko regains top rank with BMW Ladies Championship win

South Korean star Ko Jin-young regained the world’s number one spot on Sunday, capturing her fourth LPGA title of the season at the BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea.

The tournament in the port city of Busan is the third Asian event in the US LPGA season this year, after stops in Singapore and Thailand in the spring.

Ko clinched the win to cash the winner’s check of US$300,000 in a sudden-death playoff, beating South Korea’s Lim Hee-jeong who had been leading the tournament.

It marked the fourth time the 26-year-old has come from behind in the final round to win in her Tour career.

“It was my first playoff in my professional career so my heart was fluttering,” Ko said in a televised interview after her win.

“I feel a little sorry for Hee-jeong but I think I ended up being lucky,” she added.

Ko shot a bogey-free 64 to finish regulation at 22-under 266, stretching the tournament into a playoff.

In the sudden-death playoff that began at the 18th, she came through with an outstanding hybrid shot and sank a short birdie putt to clinch victory.

“I knew Hee-jeong is a solid player and I thought I could secure second place if I played my best,” Ko said, adding: “So I was fairly…

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