World No. 1 Jin Young Ko will not defend at the AmazingCre Portland Classic this week


Jin Young Ko will not be on the field this week to defend her title at the AmazingCre Portland Classic, which returns to Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Golf Digest first reported that she is out with a recurring wrist injury and will likely return to competition at the end of October at the BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea.

The LPGA confirmed that Ko will be sidelined for the coming weeks under medical advice due to an overstretched wrist.

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That means Ko will also miss the Ascendant LPGA event in Texas later this month, which she also won at the Old American Golf Club last year.

The world No. 1 scored the famous 63 consecutive greens in regulation at last year’s CME Group Tour Championship on that back left wrist, the longest streak in LPGA and PGA Tour history. Her wrist hurt so bad she didn’t make a full swing past her 52 degree wedge while warming up for one of her rounds.

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Ko, 27, has missed the cut in her last two starts. She won once this year, in her first start of 2022 at the HSBC Women’s World Championship, and last finished in the top 10 at the Amundi Evian Championship, where she took eighth place.

Although Ko is not in Portland, the world number two Nelly Korda is back in action for the first time since the CP Women’s Open, where she took second place. Korda missed four months of competition earlier this season due to a blood clot that required surgery.

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Ko has been No. 1 for the past 32 weeks, dating back to January 31, 2022. She has held the No. 1 position for a total of 138 weeks.


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Story originally appeared on GolfWeek