Jin Young Ko: Round 4 Interview

THE MODERATOR: All right, here with Jin Young Ko after her final round at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Evaluate your play over the course of the week.

JIN YOUNG KO: Yeah, I play really good the first two days, but in the weekend my driver wasn't good. I just hit it like five fairways each days, so was really tough to me.

But, yeah, I played good.

Q. Can you just describe how tough it was out there and are you surprised at what Amy Yang is doing?

JIN YOUNG KO: Yeah, I mean, the course is tough, but I thought -- I think that Amy is like more hitting like straighter every shot.

And then she could make like a lot of birdie chance and then she could, yeah, I mean, five shot or six shot like leader at the major is impressive.

I'm so happy to like Korean players first win in 2024. Yeah, I mean, I'm so happy.

Q. How do you think of this course as a venue? Do you like playing here? Do you like there was a major here?

JIN YOUNG KO: Yeah, I mean, it's my first time to playing in the Sahalee. I heard a lot of things from other players this year.

They said like the course is a lot of trees on the fairway and then you could -- I think you can't see the like -- you can't find a good target from the tee.

But I worry too much because a lot of players told me like bad things, difficult things.

But I came here the first round and fairways are narrow but it's really tight, so it's really great venue everything, putting green, chipping green, everything was really nice.

I hope we're playing in Sahalee like as soon as possible, yeah.

Q. Two majors left in the season. One that your caddie had success on at the Old Course. Has he talked to you much about what's coming up with St. Andrews?

JIN YOUNG KO: Not really. I'm just excited to eat sausage roll. That's it. (Smiling.)

Q. What's your biggest takeaway for what's clicking with your game right now going into the summer?

JIN YOUNG KO: Yeah, I really focused my game last four days and I realized I could do it. Yeah, I mean, take a lot of good things from this week to next week or in the futures.

Yeah, I'm excited for rest of my season.

Q. When you're putting well, what's the key to you putting well?

JIN YOUNG KO: Just trying to hit like starting line well. That's it.

Q. What's the impact at home when a Korean player wins a major championship?

JIN YOUNG KO: It's good motivated to other Korean players. You know, like four players in the field to play Paris Olympic, and we used to playing four people in Tokyo, but it's like just two, or like if Amy is win, maybe three.

So it's really great motivate to other Korean players. And Thailand or Japanese, like a lot of countries, they playing really good now. Only the Korean players couldn't win until last week, so I'm really happy to Amy's win this week.

Q. You talked earlier this week about golf is hard but it's also not that hard.


Q. Do you feel like you did what you were trying to do, trying the right amount?

JIN YOUNG KO: Yeah, I mean, it's really hard to think simple at the majors, but I'm trying to -- I try to think simple as much as I can.

But especially at the majors it's so hard. But, yeah, golf is hard still but still it's fun.

Q. As tough as this course has played this week, Amy is looking at four straight rounds under par potentially.


Q. How impressive is that around this place with how tough it's been?

JIN YOUNG KO: If hit like Amy, you can win, too. (Smiling.)

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