South Koreans win for the first time on PGA and LPGA tours on the same day

by | Oct 11, 2021 | LPGA

SEOUL, October 11 (Yonhap) – October 11, 2021 will go down in history as a significant day in golf on the South Korean sports calendar.

Ko Jin-young and Im Sung-jae both won the LPGA and PGA tours on Monday morning in Korea or Sunday afternoon in the US.

Ko won the Cognizant Founders Cup in New Jersey with a four-shot victory. A few hours later in Las Vegas, Im rallied for his own four-stroke win at the Shriners Children’s Open.

On three previous occasions, South Korean players had won those two tours in the same tournament week, but not on the same day in the Korean calendar.

On October 2, 2005, Choi Kyoung-ju won the men’s Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Han Hee-won won her Office Depot Championship in LPGA, but the weather-related tournament ended on Monday October 3rd.

The following year, Choi won the Chrysler Championship on October 29 in Florida, which is October 30 in Korean time. That same weekend, Hong Jin-joo won her first LPGA win at the Kolon-Hana Bank Championship, which was held in South Korea on October 29th.

Yang Yong-eun captured the Honda Classic on March 8, 2009 in Florida. or March 9 in the Korean time zone. On March 8, in Korean time, LPGA star Shin Ji-yai won the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

These one-two victories are rare because South Korean women were far more successful than men on their respective routes.

Kos win was the 199th by a South Korean player in the LPGA. The title of Im, however, was the 20th PGA Tour victory of a South Korean.