Jin Young Ko retained HSBC Championship



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Jin Young Ko retained HSBC Championship

Korean Jin Young Ko became the first player to retain the HSBC Women's World Championship title after shooting a par 69 (-3) in the final round, delayed by bad weather. In it she beat world number two Nelly Korda in Singapore.

Jin Young Ko, results

Still battling a wrist injury that derailed his 2022 season, Ko broke down in tears after his triumphant comeback at Sentosa when he finished with a 17-under-par total of 271 to take home the $270,000 top prize of the $1.8 million purse.

Ko was unfazed on the front nine and, although he missed with a bogey on the 11th, he made a 30-foot birdie putt on the 13th and a two-footer for par on the final hole to edge Korda by two shots. Korda drained a four-foot birdie putt for a 69 and second at 15 under par, one stroke ahead of Japan's Ayaka Furue (67) and compatriots Danielle Kang (68) and Allisen Corpuz (69), who tied for third place with -14.

For her part, Carlota Ciganda finished twenty-fourth tied with a total of -6. The Navarrese made three birdies, a bogey and a double bogey on the final lap. of Southeast Asia, located at the extreme southern tip of the Malay peninsula, 152 km north of the equator.

It is spread over an archipelago made up of 58 islands, the largest and most important of which is the island of Singapore which hosts the metropolis. In the north Singapore is separated from Malaysia by the Strait of Johor, in the south it is separated from the Indonesian Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait.

It is the fourth largest financial center in the world[6] and is one of the major cosmopolitan cities of the globe, playing an important role in international trade and finance. Its port is among the top five for activity and traffic on a global scale.

Singapore has a long history of immigration. The population is diverse; the more than five million inhabitants are composed mainly of Chinese, Malays, Indians and other descendants of Asians and Europeans 42% of the population is foreign, present here for work or study.

Foreign workers make up 50% of the service sector. Singapore is the second most densely populated country in the world after Monaco. In 2009 it reached the highest concentration of millionaires in relation to the population, surpassing Hong Kong, Switzerland, Qatar and Kuwait.

Nelly Korda