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Top-ranked Jin Young Ko takes lead in LPGA Tour finale



Top-ranked Jin Young Ko took the lead into the weekend in the LPGA Tour’s CME Group Tour Championsh­ip, putting herself in position to win the season money title in only four events.

Ko shot a 5-under 67 on Friday in chilly and breezy conditions at Tiburon Golf Club to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Sei Young Kim and 2018 winner Lexi Thompson in the seasonendi­ng event.

“Before when I play in KLPGA it was really cold, so I hate cold weather to play golf, but right now I love it,” said

Ko, who spent most of the season in South Korea.

The $1.1 million winner’s prize, down from $1.5 million last year, is the richest in women’s golf. Ko is 13th on the money list with $567,925. Inbee Park is the leader with $1,365,138, and Kim second with $1,207,438. Ko also is trying to hold off No. 2 Kim in the world ranking.

“If play good I can do world ranking No. 1 still,” Ko said. “But if not and then she plays good, she can do. Doesn’t matter really.”

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