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Dethroned Ko bounces back with Texas triumph

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Ko Jin-young two-putted for par on No 18 to win the Volunteers of America Classic in Texas on Sunday, just one week after losing her world No 1 ranking.

In her first start since Nelly Korda overtook her, the South Korean carded a two-under 69 for a onestroke victory over Finland’s Matilda Castren.

Ko was No 1 from July 2019, a streak of 100 consecutiv­e weeks. But winning her eighth career LPGA Tour title on Sunday helped take some of the sting off being knocked off her lofty perch.

“I was thinking I had a lot of pressure with the No 1 ranking,” Ko said. “But I made it this week. I’m very happy.”

Ko, who earned $225,000 for the victory, finished with a 16-under 268 total to edge Castren who closed with a 69 on the Old American Golf Club in Dallas.

Ko has now captured at least one win in five straight seasons going back to 2017. Her previous wins include the 2018 Women’s Australian Open and 2019 ANA Inspiratio­n. Before Sunday, her most recent triumph was last year’s CME Group Tour Championsh­ip.

Mexico’s Gaby Lopez closed with a 65 to finish in solo third, two shots adrift of Ko. Lopez made her only bogey on the last hole.

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