Ko Jin-young, first appearance of the season, cruising 4 under par on the first day of Honda Thailand (overall)￼
Ko Jin-young (Solaire) cruised by hitting 4 under par in her first appearance of the LPGA tour season.
In the first round of the Honda LPGA Thailand (total prize money of 1.7 million dollars) held at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course (par 72) in Chonburi, Thailand on the 23rd (Korean time), Ko hit a 4 under par 68 with 5 birdies and 1 bogey.
He was named tied for 17th, three strokes behind the leader.
Ko Jin-young reached the top at the HSBC 스포츠토토Women’s World Championship in March last year, but suffered a wrist injury in the summer and struggled. In November of last year she focused on treatment and rehab for about 3 months after the final game of the season.
Ko Jin-young, who said “swing sense is more important than winning” ahead of her first appearance in the new year, boosted her senses by making consecutive par saves in the first six holes, and recorded her first birdie on the seventh hole.
In the second half, Ko Jin-young launched her aggressive operation, hitting 4 birdies and 1 bogey.
Ko Jin-young said, “I am satisfied with my play today. It went better than I thought. I think my swing came out better on the course than I expected.” It’s getting better,” he said.
Among Korean players, Shin Ji-eun (Hanwha Q Cells) tied for 6th with a 6 under par 66 with 6 birdies. had the best start.
Shin Ji-eun said, “I think I’m in a good position (ranking) right now, so I think I can aim for the championship. So I’m going to try hard for the remaining three days like today.”
Kim Hyo-joo (Lotte) tied for ninth with a 5-under-par 67, and Anna Lin (Mediheal) tied for 17th with a 4-under par with Ko Jin-young.
Jeon In-ji (KB Financial Group) tied for 48th with 4 birdies and 3 bogeys with 1 under par and 71 strokes.
On the other hand, Jarabi Bunchant (Thailand), Hataoka Nasa (Japan), Lin Siyu (China), Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), and Jennifer Cupcho (USA) formed a joint lead group with a 7 under par 65 strokes.