• Piers Manktelow

What a week of women's golf! Your quick round up from around the world of the women's game.

What a week that was! you will be forgiven for missing something this week as there was so much happening all around the world with both the pro and amateur tours! Check out below for your quick re cap.

ANA Inspiration- LPGA

Jin Young Ko won her first ever major championship this weekend with an impressive performance at the ANA Inspiration where she won by 3 shots. Ko's start to 2019 is now pretty unbelievable its that good. When we included her in "our 10 players to watch for 2019" we had no idea she would have started this well. Her results this year read, 2, 29, 3, 1, 2, and 1 this weekend.

Ko closed with a round of 70 on Sunday to claim victory over Mi Hyang Lee of Korea. Lee had a great hole in one during the event and it's fair to see she was pretty happy!

In 3rd was Lexi Thompson who was let down slightly by her 74 in round 3, but she will be very happy with her weeks work. “It feels amazing,” Thompson said. “I birdied the first hole and actually hit a ball OB on No. 3 but still managed to make bogey. My caddie Benji helped out tremendously,” 

Ko clinched her victory with a lovely birdie putt on the last before jumping into the lake by the 18th green!

“I won the tournament and that’s a happy moment,” Ko said through tears of joy. “I thank God, I thank my parents, I thank my grandparents. It is an honor for me to join so many great Korean players. I’m honored to be here.” 

Ko who was rookie of the year on the LPGA last year looks bound for greatness. It is difficult to find any faults in her perfect game at the moment.

Carlota Ciganda closed with a 68 to be tied for fourth at 283 with Kim and a 66 put Kristen Gillman at 284 along with Jessica Korda, Ally McDonald, Hyo Joo Kim, Kang and Jeongeun Lee6. Jaye Marie Green, Jenny Shin, Moriya Jutanugarn, Charley Hull and Jing Yan were at 285.

Our Prediction Results

Jin Young Ko: Winner

Nelly Korda: 52nd

Sung Hyun Park: 52nd

Inbee Park: 68th

Next Event: April 17th, Lotte Championship, USA

Jordan Mixed Open (LET)

On the other side of the globe from the ANA was the Jordan Mixed Open. This event became the first of its kind when it saw 3 different tours (LET, Staysure Tour & Challenge Tour) and a field of men and women combine and play for the same purse. The verdict, a great competition that there needs to be more of.

England's Meghan MacLaren moved 5 shots clear at one stage in the final round in what was a shootout between herself and Holland's Daan Huizing (Challenge Tour) However, on the back 9 things would change with a few uncharacteristic mistakes from Meghan and some great birdies from Huizing. Huizing closed out a two stroke victory with a final round 68 for a 54-hole total of 16-under-par, while Meghan finished with a closing round 72 to finish on -14.

MacLaren, who has been one of the most vocal players on the LET for improved pay and recognition for the women's game can only be proud of her achievement. All the fans and fellow players must also be proud of her performance as she put herself in the firing line for negative comments if she failed to perform. However, she played very well and ended up the best forming LET player by 7 shots over German Laura Fuenfstueck.

After his victory Huizing said “It’s a special one. I think it’s a great initiative. It was great fun playing in a final group with a Challenge Tour player, a senior tour player and a lady player. It was a great battle. It’s a different vibe and very special to be the first winner and I hope it’s something that can be continued in the future.”

After her tough finish Maclaren said “I’m obviously pretty disappointed not to win this week, having been in such a good position, but it was still an honour to be here and represent women’s golf alongside two other great tours. It was pretty tight coming down the last few holes, so I think it was great entertainment for everybody watching. It was a great concept but none of us really knew how it would pan out. The way the scores panned out throughout the week showed that it absolutely can work with the right thought process and course set-up if people do the research.”

Our Prediction Results (women only)

Meghan MacLaren Winner

Laura Fuenfstueck 2nd

Marianne Skarpnord 4th

Carly Booth MC

Next Event: 25th April, Lalla Maryem Cup, Morocco.