Charley Hull secured her best result of the season after a final round 69 saw her finish seven shots behind winner Jin Young Ko at the LPGA KEB HANA BANK Championship.
The Englishwomen, who has not played since the Evian Championship, looks to be back to her best after suffering with a wrist injury for most of the season, shooting up the leaderboard on Sunday to finish in sixth at -12-under-par.
Jin Young Ko, best known for finishing in tied second at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry, slept on the lead but showed few signs of nerves despite the fearsome pair of In Gee Chun and Syun Hung Park pushing her throughout Sunday’s finale, carding a four-under-par 68 to win by two.
The twenty-two-year-old, a nine-time winner on the LPGA Tour of Korea, will earn her full playing rights for the American circuit next season. Her victory marks the fourteenth win by a Korean player on the LPGA in 2017.
Sung Hyun Park will need to wait at least a week to ascend to the world’s top spot after compatriot So Yeon Ryu clung on to her No. 1 position. A second place finish by the Korean keeps her quest to become the first person since Nancy Lopez in the 70’s to win the Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year in the same season alive.
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