Top-ranked Ko makes 2020 LPGA debut at new Florida event

World No 1 Ko Jin-young of South Korea will make her 2020 LPGA debut this week all by the use of the inaugural Pelican Women’s Championship in Belleair, Florida.

Ko opted to not journey when the LPGA tour resumed after its coronavirus shutdown, preferring to remain dwelling in South Korea and compete on the KLPGA tour.

She skipped her title defence on the pandemic-delayed ANA Inspiration in September, and returns to the LPGA tour for the primary time in just about a yr.

“I used to be shocked,” Ko talked about of her preliminary response to the tour shut-down in February. “It was an lovely willpower, nonetheless it was a troublesome time. I am completely blissful to be as rapidly as extra related acceptable applicable appropriate correct proper right here.

“I am doing good,” added the 25-year-old, who talked about she spent a substantial time frame on apply nonetheless together with occupied herself with cooking packages and meditation.

She achieved 14th on the KLPGA cash itemizing, incomes three top-10 finishes in six begins.

Her LPGA return comes 4 weeks earlier to the US Women’s Open, which is adopted by the CME Group Tour championship.

Ko’s world rating will get her into the US Women’s Open nonetheless she should earn ample parts on the LPGA tour to qualify for the Tour Championship, regardless of being the tour’s 2019 predominant cash winner and participant of the yr with 4 victories.

“That is my goal, attributable to I am unable to play applicable now on the CME,” Ko talked about. “So I wish to do my greatest two weeks, this week after which Dallas after which till the US Open.”

The match brings the LPGA as rapidly as extra to the Tampa Bay residence for the primary time provided that 1989 St. Petersburg Women’s Open.

Ko talked referring to the course was in superb state of affairs, nonetheless talked about she’d discovered the wind troublesome all by apply rounds.

The match was among the many many many many many many many many positioned on protect by the coronavirus pandemic, pushed as rapidly as extra from its distinctive date in Could.

Ko, a six-time LPGA tour winner, talked about she was making an attempt to dial in some swing modifications aimed in course of bettering her quick sport, no simple job in a disrupted season.

“It is heaps completely totally utterly completely totally utterly completely different as remaining yr, attributable to remaining yr I had a substantial amount of tournaments, most definitely over 20 occasions,” she talked about. “So I want to get your palms on feeling on the course.

“It’s terribly setting good, nonetheless it’s getting higher, higher and higher. After which I wish to do extra consistency beneath 100 meters,” added Ko. “I play 17 years, over 17 years, so this may be very setting good to fluctuate the swing. It is simple to fluctuate small parts, nonetheless altering in an infinite quantity will be sturdy. So I am making an attempt to be higher beneath 100 meters, quick sport.”

Ko acknowledged to feeling some nerves as she ready for her LPGA return on an unfamiliar course.

“It’s terribly setting good,” Ko talked about. “Nonetheless it’s the equal state of affairs to each participant. So this may be very setting good, nonetheless I take into consideration I’ll income from it.”

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