Ko Jin-young (27) showed confidence ahead of the opening of the Chevron Championship, the first major tournament of the LPGA tour season.
The tournament will be held at The Club at Carleton Woods (par 72) in The Woodland, 메이저놀이터Texas, USA for four days from the 21st (Korean time). The event, which was held at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, USA until last year, will be held in Texas this year for the first time. In this tournament with 132 players, all top 20 players in the world rankings, including world No.
Ko Jin-young, who won the ANA Inspiration in 2019, the predecessor of this competition, is aiming for the top of her major tournament after four years with her recently revived shot sense. In an interview with the LPGA on the 20th, Ko Jin-young said, “I won her first major in this event last year in 2019, and time has already passed so quickly. Since it is a new course, all players will be unfamiliar. But the course is very good, and I am looking forward to it.” showed confidence.
Ko Jin-young, who struggled with a wrist injury in the second half of last year, announced a revival by winning the HSBC World Championship in March this year. Regarding the current condition of the wrist, he explained, “It has improved up to about 80%. Last year, it was difficult to even tie my hair because of wrist pain, but now it is possible.”
He continued, “I’m doing a little more aggressively this year. In the meantime, I’ve mainly used draw shots, but recently I changed to a somewhat faded pitch and got more spin on the green, so I can create a little more birdie opportunities.”
Ko Jin-young, who reported his first major victory in this tournament in 2019, also achieved two major wins in the same year, holding the championship cup in his arms at another major tournament, Evian.
When asked if it made it easier or harder to compete in the majors afterwards, he replied, “It’s not easy,” adding, “After 2019, I changed my swing coach and a lot has happened in my life. So I wasn’t comfortable playing on the course. , especially in the majors,” he looked back.
However, “I’m ready to play in the majors now. I have a swing coach and I’m happy that everything is working. Mentally and physically, both are perfect. This course isn’t easy, but I’m ready to enjoy it.” revealed
Ko Jin-young is organized in the same group with last year’s winner Jennifer Cupcho (USA) and 2021 winner Patty Tabatanakit (Thailand) and starts from the 10th hole at 3:10 am Korean time.