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Ko Jin-young reclaims world no. 1 spot following milestone LPGA win Updated: 2021-10-25 17:06:36 KST

Time now for "This Week in Sports" and so joining us in the studio is our sports editor Paul Neat.
Paul, let's begin with golf, a South Korean star is back at the top of the LPGA world rankings. What can you tell us?

Yes, Ko Jin-young who on Sunday won the LPGA BMW Championships in Busan.
Ko defeated fellow South Korean Lim Hee-jeong in a playoff to claim her fourth tour win of the season and 11th of her career.
Ko shot a bogey-free 64 on Sunday to finish at 22-under 266, coming back from a four-shot final round deficit and forcing a playoff.
In the sudden-death playoff that began at the 18th, Ko came through with a superb hybrid shot and hit a short birdie putt to win it.
The victory puts Ko back as world number one, overtaking Nelly Korda of the United States who didn’t play in Busan.
Ko first rose to number one in 2019 and spent the entire 2020 season there but lost her place to Korda in June this year.
Ko also moved past Korda for first place in the LPGA Player of the Year points standings, 176-161, with two tournaments left.
Up next is the Pelican Women’s Championship on November 11th in Florida.

It has been quite the turnaround for Ko Jin-young this year after a disappointing showing in the Olympics.

Yes, it has. Ko went into the Tokyo Olympics as a strong medal contender for South Korea.
Instead, she finished tied for ninth and watched American Nelly Korda go on to claim gold instead.
Ko then decided to skip the season's final major, the AIG Women's Open in Scotland, to rebuild her swing back home.
Ko has won three of her last five tournaments since the Olympics.
The most recent was a milestone victory for a South Korean.
Three decades after its first, South Korea celebrated a 200th LPGA title thanks to Ko’s win on Sunday.
The late Ku Ok-hee became the first South Korean to win on the LPGA Tour in March 1988, at the Standard Register Turquoise Classic.
Ko Woo-soon won the Toray Japan Queens Cup in 1994 and 1995.
But it wasn't until 1998 that Korea saw another LPGA winner on American soil.
Pak Se-ri won four titles that season, including two majors, all as a rookie.
Pak's 25 tour wins is still the most by a South Korean.

Moving on to football now, the regular K League season concluded over the weekend.

Yes, that’s right. Round 33 was played on Sunday, the final round before the league splits into two mini leagues.
One of the key battles was the race for the top half with Jeju United, Suwon Bluewings, and Pohang Steelers all looking to seal a place in the top six and avoid the dreaded bottom half where six teams battle it out to avoid relegation.
A 2-0 win for Suwon away to Daegu sealed it while Jeju’s 2-2 draw at home to Jeonbuk meant that Pohang were condemned to the bottom half, regardless of their result.
The Steelers lost 1-0 to Incheon which means that the Asian Champions League finalists are in the bottom half and not mathematically safe from relegation.
Ulsan’s 2-1 loss to Seongnam allowed Jeonbuk to return to the top of the table.
K League 1 splits into two for the last five rounds, into what was called the Championship Round and Relegation Round, but now Final A and B respectively.
The first Final Round fixtures are due to be announced early this week.

Sticking with football, over in Europe it proved to be an eventful weekend for some South Korean internationals.

Yes, it did. Goals, assists and even sendings off.
Starting in the English Premier League, Hwang Hee-chan bagged his fourth goal of the season in Wolves’ 1-1 draw with Leeds United.
Hwang gave Wolves the lead in the 10th minute but Rodrigo fired in a 94th-minute penalty to see the spoils shared at Elland Road.
But it was a day to forget for Spurs and Son Heung-min on Sunday, suffering a 1-0 away loss to London rivals West Ham United.
Over in Spain, Lee Kang-in was facing his former club Valencia for the first time since leaving in summer.
He laid on an assist for Angel Rodriguez as Mallorca took a 32nd-minute lead - his first assist for Mallorca.
But, 10 minutes into the second half, with Mallorca leading 2-0, Lee was shown a second yellow card and was sent off.
Valencia scored two deep into time added on to salvage a dramatic draw.

And finally to baseball, the regular KBO season concludes this week.
Which teams can we expect to see in the postseason?

Well, it is still very much all to play for.
In KBO, the top five teams advance to the postseason, which starts with a wild card game between fourth and fifth.
The Samsung Lions currently sit top, leading KT Wiz by half a game who they beat on Friday and Saturday.
The Lions have three games left, and the Wiz have two games in hand, including a double header over the final four days in three different cities.
LG Twins sit in third three games short of the Lions but have the most games left out of the top three teams with six and even play tonight against Lotte Giants.
Then there’s Doosan Bears, the SSG Landers, the NC Dinos, and the Kiwoom Heroes all competing for the final two spots… separated by just one-and-a-half games.
The Dinos will be looking to avoid becoming the first defending Korean Series champions to miss out on the postseason since Kia Tigers in 2010.
Meanwhile, Doosan Bears left-hander Ariel Miranda has broken the single-season strikeout record in KBO.
Miranda got his 224th strikeout of the season on Sunday against the LG Twins, surpassing a 37-year-old record held by the late Lotte Giants legend Choi Dong-won.

Thank you for that, Paul. See you next week.
Thank you.
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