Ko Jin-young wins final LPGA tournament of 2021... Pohang Steelers gear up for ACL Final
Updated: 2021-11-22 17:15:30 KST
And time now for "This Week in Sports" and so joining us in the studio is our sports editor, Paul Neat.
Let's begin with golf. South Korean star Ko Jin-young ended the 2021 LPGA season strongly with a win over the weekend. What can you tell us about that?
Ko Jin-young on Sunday won the LPGA CME Group Tour Championship.
It was a dramatic finish with four players level heading into the final day in Naples, Florida.
But Ko finished 23 under par to win her second-straight CME Group Tour Championship holding off Nasa Hataoka of Japan by one stroke.
It was Ko's fifth LPGA Tour win of the season. more than any other player this year and 12th overall.
Despite carrying a wrist injury, Ko was able to hit nine birdies for a superb final round of 63.
And, after landing the winner's check of 1.5 million U.S. dollars, Ko finishes the season as the top female earner for the third year in a row and with a second Player of the Year Award.
Four of Ko's five victories this year came after the Tokyo Olympics.
She also didn't finish outside the top 10 over her final seven tournaments of the season including picking up four wins and one second place.
12 LPGA titles puts Ko level in third place on the all-time South Korean tour wins list.
Pak Se-ri still leads with 25, and Park In-bee is second with 21.
Speaking of all-time greats, it turns out that baseball star Choo Shin-soo will be staying in Korea.
That's right. Choo Shin-soo has signed a new contract with the SSG Landers, keeping him in KBO for at least another season.
Choo signed on the dotted line last week and is expected to earn around 2.2 million U.S. dollars.
In the official announcement, SSG Landers praised Choo's professionalism, attitude and leadership.
Choo, meanwhile, said that he wants to repay the fans with better results next season.
Choo Shin-soo returned to Korea after two decades in MLB.
In 2020 he played 137 matches with a batting average of 0.2-6-5 and says he aims to reach the postseason next year.
This year's postseason ended last Thursday with KBO regular season champions KT Wiz going on to beat Doosan Bears 4-zero and win the Korean Series.
The Wiz, of course, were playing in their first-ever Korean Series.
Moving on to football now. It's a big week for K League club Pohang Steelers who are due to play in the Asian Champions League Final.
Yes, that's right. On Tuesday night Pohang Steelers are set to take on Saudi Arabian team Al Hilal in Riyadh in the Asian Champions League Final.
It's the race for four titles too as both Pohang and Al Hilal are level with three which is a record.
Usually the ACL Final is played over two legs but due to the pandemic, this year it's just one and in Saudi Arabia.
I spoke to a couple of Pohang players recently both had contrasting views on what is essentially an away game.
Midfielder Shin Jin-ho who won the ACL with Ulsan Hyundai last year believes that Pohang are at a disadvantage and believes that it will be difficult playing in front of the Al Hilal fans.
But, defender Alex Grant who scored a late equalizer to force extra time in the semifinal believes that a hostile home crowd could help if they become frustrated with their team.
Pohang take on Al Hilal Tuesday 23rd November at 7 PM Saudi time 1 AM on Wednesday 24th in Korea.
Sticking with football, over in Europe there has been some concerning news surrounding Barcelona forward Sergio Augero's heart condition.
What's the latest?
The latest, according to new Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez is that nothing has been decided.
But, it was reported in Spanish newspaper Marca on Saturday that Aguero will have to retire.
The 33-year-old had complained of chest pains and dizziness during the 1-1 draw with Alaves at the start of November which was originally supposed to rule him out for three months.
When asked by reporters on Sunday, new Barca boss Xavi said that he has spoken to Aguero in the last few days and that "what has come out is not true."
Reports began to circulate over the weekend that Aguero will in fact need to retire and an announcement is to be made.
Over in the English Premier League, Manchester United have parted company with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
According to reports, Old Trafford officials held talks for over five hours after United lost 4-1 to Watford on Saturday.
The club eventually released a statement on Sunday to say that Solskjaer has "left his role."
Solskjaer took over in December 2018 and guided United to second last season.
But five league defeats in seven proved to be too much for the Norwegian.
Michael Carrick is in caretaker charge for the time being.
And finally to tennis. I understand there has been an update on Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai.
Yes, Peng Shuai has told International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach that she is "safe and well" and is at home in Beijing.
There has been global concern about her wellbeing and whereabouts after publically accusing former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual misconduct on November 2nd.
She hadn't been seen in public since.
The UN and even the White House had asked for proof of her whereabouts.
But the Women's Tennis Association says that the call with Bach is not enough as it did not address the concern about her wellbeing.
The WTA had threatened to pull tournaments out of China saying that "women need to be respected and not censored."
Thank-you for that, Paul. See you next week.