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RECORD RUN. Top-ranked Jin Young Ko finally made a bogey, ending a record run of 114 consecutive holes without dropping a shot. Her streak eclipsed Tiger Woods’ Professional Golfers’ Association Tour record of 110 bogey-free holes set in 2000. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

From The Asian Reporter, V29, #18 (September 16, 2019), page 13.

Ko’s record bogey-free streak ends at 114 holes in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Top-ranked Jin Young Ko finally made a bogey, ending a record run of 114 consecutive holes without dropping a shot, and finished with a 4-under 68 in the opening round of the Portland Classic, four shots off the lead.

Ko, who went bogey-free over 72 holes and shot 26 under to win the CP Women’s Open by five shots, began with four straight pars before an eagle and two birdies at Columbia Edgewater. She missed a three-foot par putt on the par-4 ninth hole, her only blemish of the day.

"I did 114 holes and then done. It’s cool," Ko said. "So I want to do again, 115 holes bogey-free round hopefully. But yeah, I’m free."

The South Korean, a four-time winner this year including two major championships, had not made a bogey since early in the third round of the Women’s British Open, where she finished third. Her streak eclipsed Tiger Woods’ Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour record of 110 bogey-free holes set in 2000. It’s also the longest known bogey-free streak in Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour history.

Ko was proud of her achievement, but the run was wearing on her.

"I can focus more on my shot and don’t even think about, oh, bogey, bogey, no," she said.

Juli Inkster, captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team, played for the 31st time in the 72-hole tournament, the tour’s longest running non-major event, which started in 1972. Inkster won in Portland in 1992.

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