Ko claims 1-shot victory over Hataoka at CME Group Tour C’ship
Written by tokyoclub on November 22, 2021
South Korea’s Ko Jin Young fired a final-round 63 to shoot 23-under and win the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship on Sunday, with Japan’s Nasa Hataoka finishing one shot behind in second.
Ko made nine birdies and no bogeys at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort and leaves Naples with a $1.5 million paycheck, the largest in women’s golf, and the title of LPGA Rolex Player of the Year.
South Korea’s Ko Jin Young (C) is congratulated by fellow golfers after winning the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship and claiming the points-based LPGA Player of the Year title on Nov. 21, 2021, at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Hataoka, who started the round in a four-way share of the lead with Ko, American Nelly Korda, the No. 1 player in the world, and France’s Celine Boutier, did push Ko to the wire. But her birdie-birdie finish was not enough to deny Ko the title.
South Korean golfer Ko Jin Young celebrates with the trophies after winning the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship and claiming the points-based LPGA Player of the Year title on Nov. 21, 2021, at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
“I did lose but I’m happy with my game. My only regret is my bogey in the sixth,” said the 22-year-old Hataoka, who was grouped together with Ko and Korda in the final round.
“It was such a precious experience to tee up together with the two leading players on the tour on the final day,” she said.
Hataoka’s 8-under 64 included nine birdies and just one bogey.
Nasa Hataoka of Japan hits her second shot on the third hole during the final round of the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida, on Nov. 21, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo