Jin Young Ko wins ANA Inspiration, first major championship

April 8, 2019
Jin Young Ko thanks the crowd during her final round of the ANA Inspiration.

Jin Young Ko made up for a couple of late bogeys with a pair of birdies en route to her victory at the ANA Inspiration and her first major title.

Ko closed with a two-under 70 in the final round at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Sunday, good enough for a three-shot victory at 10 under overall. Mi Hyang Lee was second at seven under, and Lexi Thompson (six under) was alone in third.

Ko, a 23-year-old South Korean, got to 10 under with a birdie on 11 but fell back with bogeys on Nos. 13 and 15. But birdies on 16 and 18 secured his celebratory leap into Poppie’s Pond.

“It is really great honor to me,” she said.

It’s Ko’s fourth career LPGA Tour win and her fifth top-three finish in six starts this season.