Jin Young Ko got up in Sunday's all-Korean shootout at the Evian Championship en route to a second big win for 2019 and the world ranking ranking.
The 24-year-old started the day four shots behind nocturnal leader Hyo Joo Kim and three at the back of now-former World No.1 Sung Hyun Park.
But a Sunday 67 for Ko in non-stop rain – consisting of five birds against only one bogey – saw the Women & # 39; s 2018 Australian Open champion in her country women with four holes to play on their way to a two-stroke win.
Kim’s Sunday 73 and Park’s 75 made for the drama of the day, as Ko continued to add the Evian to her ANA Inspiration victory earlier in the season.
Rookie pro Jennifer Kupcho, who claimed the inaugural Augusta National Women & # 39; s Amateur in April, quadrupled her career prize money with a bogey-free 66 that brought her to part of the second and also gave her a 2020 LPGA Tour card .
China & Shanshan Feng joined Park and Kupcho as a joint number two, Feng & # 39; s Sunday 68 also brought her to 13-under for the week.
When it was the last group's turn, Kim had doubled her lead in the night to two strokes over her play partner Park, who so far struggled with her flatstick.
In that phase, Ko had also risen to 13 substandard and suddenly stood on the leader's radar.
Disaster hit Park at 11 a.m. via a double bogey before all three Koreans dropped another shot with bogeys at 12.
A birdie on the next hole for Ko reduced Kim & # 39; s advantage to just one, but that buffer and Kim & # 39; s hope of winning a second Evian Championship after saluting her big debut in 2014 were suppressed when she made a cheeky triple bogey on the par 14th.
Kim & # 39; s tee-shot stopped in a greenside trap and a first attempt to free it ended in the ball that settled in her footsteps.
She splashed her ball on the pony, but three putts later, Kim & # 39; s advantage was suddenly a two-shot deficit with one stroke.
That was the only invitation Ko needed and the LPGA Rookie of the year 2018 never looked back, Ko sank a beautiful, curly 15-footer for birdie at 17 to set up a two-stroke lead on the 18th tee she had would not vomit.
A nerve-free two putt par up the last
Ko returns to number 1 in the world ranking for the second time that he has now won two of the four majors for ladies of the year.
Ko has now won five times on the LPGA Tour since October 2017 and this week will enter the final major of the year, the AIG Women & # 39; s British Open in Woburn, as a hot favorite.
The win earned Ko $ US615,000 and lifted her to the top position in the race-long race to CME Globe rankings of the tour.