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LPGA Player of the Year Winners, Jin Young Ko 2021 winner

LPGA Player of the Year Winners List, Jin Young Ko wins 2021 award, History.







She controlled her own fate and Jin Young Ko executed on Sunday at Tiburón Golf Club.

 The 26-year-old entered the week in Naples, Fla., needing to win the CME Group Tour Championship to secure Rolex Player of the Year honors, or to finish second and have Nelly Korda to finish 10th or worse. Ko took matters into her own hands, carding a bogey-free, 9-under 63 in the final round to secure the $1.5 million winner’s share and the title of Player of the Year.



Ko becomes the first Republic of Korea native to win Player of the Year twice (2019, 2021).
 
Four other Koreans have wins the LPGA POTY award: Sei Young Kim (2020), Inbee Park (2013), So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park shared award( 2017).



Every year the LPGA Tour gives an award to its Player of the Year. Those Player of the Year Award winners are today selected automatically, through a points system. Fans can follow the standings in the Player of the Year race in the "Stats" section of LPGA.com.



The LPGA has named a Player of the Year annually since first doing so in 1966 (Kathy Whitworth was the first winner).



Full List of Golfers of LPGA Player of the Year Award winners from 1966-2021.






2023

2022

2021 — Jin Young Ko

2020 — Sei Young Kim

2019 — Jin Young Ko

2018 — Ariya Jutanugarn (pictured above)

2017 — Sung Hyun Park and So Yeon Ryu (tie)

2016 — Ariya Jutanugarn

2015 — Lydia Ko

2014 — Stacy Lewis

2013 — Inbee Park

2012 — Stacy Lewis

2011 — Yani Tseng

2010 — Yani Tseng

2009 — Lorena Ochoa

2008 — Lorena Ochoa

2007 — Lorena Ochoa

2006 — Lorena Ochoa

2005 — Annika Sorenstam

2004 — Annika Sorenstam

2003 — Annika Sorenstam

2002 — Annika Sorenstam

2001 — Annika Sorenstam

2000 — Karrie Webb

1999 — Karrie Webb

1998 — Annika Sorenstam

1997 — Annika Sorenstam

1996 — Laura Davies

1995 — Annika Sorenstam

1994 — Beth Daniel

1993 — Betsy King

1992 — Dottie Pepper

1991 — Pat Bradley

1990 — Beth Daniel

1989 — Betsy King

1988 — Nancy Lopez

1987 — Ayako Okamoto

1986 — Pat Bradley

1985 — Nancy Lopez

1984 — Betsy King

1983 — Patty Sheehan

1982 — JoAnne Carner

1981 — JoAnne Carner

1980 — Beth Daniel

1979 — Nancy Lopez

1978 — Nancy Lopez

1977 — Judy Rankin

1976 — Judy Rankin

1975 — Sandra Palmer

1974 — JoAnne Carner

1973 — Kathy Whitworth

1972 — Kathy Whitworth

1971 — Kathy Whitworth

1970 — Sandra Haynie

1969 — Kathy Whitworth

1968 — Kathy Whitworth

1967 — Kathy Whitworth

1966 — Kathy Whitworth





Nancy Lopez in 1978 and Sung Hyun Park in 2017 are the only tour rookies to win the LPGA Player of the Year award.



Which Golfers have Won the Most LPGA Player of the Year Awards.




Which golfers have won the LPGA Player of the Year award most often? Annika Sorenstam earned one more than Kathy Whitworth to lead the way:



Annika Sorenstam — 8

Kathy Whitworth — 7

Nancy Lopez — 4

Lorena Ochoa — 4

JoAnne Carner — 3

Beth Daniel — 3

Betsy King — 3



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