ANA Inspiration 2019, final spherical – because it took place
Ko Jin-young changed into very tons the worthy winner of the 2019 ANA Inspiration. Lee Mi-Hyang, Lexi Thompson and Carlota Ciganda all requested some inquiries to preserve Ko on her ft. However, the 23-year-antique South Korean never seemed like giving up her lead. The very minute Lee got near, Ko stepped on the accelerator and sped away again. Ko replied to a small wobble coming home using completing with birdies in the last three holes. That’s the way you win a prime. She becomes excellent. And what a swing! Smooth enough to make Fred Couples appear like Jim Furyk. But allow’s spare a thought although for Kim In-Kyung, who had was hoping to banish the reminiscence of that neglected one-footer in 2012; she looked overcome with the aid of sadness on the quit. Another 12 months, hopefully.
The jump into Poppie’s Pond! Ko, smiling broadly now as she settles into her function as golf’s latest major champion, soaks up the cheers of the group. She says she’s waited “5 years” to take the plunge … And in she goes! Just before leaping in, Ko’s caddy asks how deep it’s far. He finds out soon sufficient. Ko splashes round awhile in glee – albeit still slightly stunned at the size of her success – earlier than getting out and stepping into her champion’s robe.
Ko Jin-younger rolls inside the birdie putt, and turns into the 2019 ANA Inspiration champion in fashion! She ends the week at -10, three clear of Lee Mi-Hyang. Her first most important name pocketed, she dissolves in tears of pleasure earlier than being doused in water. Another dousing quickly to come in Poppie’s Pond, but first, she talks to NBC. “This could be a happy reminiscence to me. Thank you to God, my dad and mom and my grandfather.” More tears, Ko overcome with emotion. It’s a cute second. “It’s a first-rate honour.” She goes off to check and sign her card, before taking the soar of her lifestyles into the well-known pond!
Before Ko’s huge second, Kim receives her business out of the way. She ends a disappointing day with a further deflating par. The demons of 2012 have not begun to be banished entirely. It just wasn’t her day nowadays, her struggles symbolised by that ball possibly nevertheless caught up a tree at eleven. Poor Kim seems emotionally drained, a risk spurned to rewrite the narrative of that notoriously ignored tiddler. But she’s a demonstrated significant winner, and he or she’ll come again.
Ko is 86 yards from the flag. Out comes the lob wedge. She sends her ball over the briny and screeching to a halt, pin high, 15 feet from the flag. She’ll have three putts for her first fundamental championship!
Ko is taking no possibilities. She lays up as opposed to taking on the inexperienced in two. No need. An eight-iron sets up a little technique over the water. Upon the green, Lee can’t make her birdie putt, and any risk to put a strain on the chief is long past. Kang takes putts for birdie, and signs for a disappointing final round of seventy-three. She’s -four. Lee tidies up to at ease second spot. Over to Ko, who has to close this out evenly.
Back on the tee, Ko has been made to attend while Lee searched out the officers. No rely. Still as calm as the water in Poppie’s Pond, she splits the golf green. Down the hole, Lee wedges in. It’s an excellent shot, however now not the incredible one she desperately desires. She’ll have a birdie putt from 12 ft or so.