ANA Inspiration report: What happened at Rancho Mirage?

Jin Young Ko collected her first major title at the ANA Inspiration this weekend as she became the fifth Korean to win the event.

Having held the 54-hole lead, Ko was in control and simply needed to continue to produce the stunning golf that we have seen from her all season.

Sunday’s round of 2-under-par opened up a three-shot gap to her nearest challenger, Mi Hyang Lee, who achieved her best major championship finish too.

The current Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year birdied two of her closing three holes to add to her victory at the Founder’s Cup earlier this year.

Lexi Thompson posted one of the rounds of the day on Sunday with an impressive 5-under 67 to seal a solo third finish, which is her best result since winning the 2018 Tour Championship.

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With her second win of the season, Ko is projected to move to the summit of the Rolex Rankings.

She will jump from 5th to 1st and take the place of Sung Hyun Park.


Ko’s caddie, David Brooker, made history himself by becoming the first caddie to win the ANA Inspiration with three different players.

He was alongside Grace Park in 2004 and Lorena Ochoa Reyes in 2008, so David is no stranger to taking a dip in Poppie’s Pond.


The spotlight was firmly on the women’s game this week with the Jordan Mixed Open taking place as well as the ground-breaking Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

Meghan MacLaren was in contention in Jordan and narrowly missed out to Challenge Tour Player Daan Huizing.

Over at Augusta, women were playing a competitive round for the very first time and it was no.1 amateur, Jennifer Kupcho who played the final six holes in 5-under par to claim the inaugural ANWA title.

Joe Hughes

Tour editor covering men's golf, women's golf and anything else that involves the word golf, really. The talk is far better than the game, but the work has begun to change that.

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