Nelly Korda primed for Jin Young Ko SHOWDOWN at CME Group Tour Championship

The 23-year-old American is aiming to win her fifth title on the LPGA Tour this season but the South Korean is in fine form. 

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Sun, 21 Nov 2021

Nelly Korda primed for Jin Young Ko SHOWDOWN at CME Group Tour Championship

The LPGA Tour season comes to its conclusion tonight and it's all set up for a thrilling finale. 

Nelly Korda versus Jin Young Ko. This could not have been drawn up more perfectly. They're in the final group in a four-way tie for the lead. 

Both have been in blistering form all season and at this point it's still up for grabs who can claim the player of the year. 

The United States' Korda, 23, and South Korea's Ko, 26, are gunning for their fifth wins at the CME Group Tour Championship.

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Truly staggering achievements for two of the finest players on the LPGA Tour right now and are likely to ever see.  

Korda has averaged 68.65 across the season while Ko has averaged 69.03.

Also on the line is $1.5 million for winning the title. 

In the points race, Korda sits at 191 points, 10 clear of Ko. 

Ko can overtake Korda with a win. Alternatively, she can finish second but she needs Korda to finish 10th or worse. 

They'd share the title if Ko places second and Korda ninth. 

Ko fired a third round 66 to get herself back into contention. 

That included finding 18 greens in regulation, 12/14 fairways and eight birdies in a row starting from the second. 

Korda's response? A 67. 

Who wins is anyone's guess

France's Celine Boutier is also one of the four players sitting on 14-under at Tiburon Golf Club alongside Japan's Nasa Hataoka. 

Lexi Thompson and Solheim Cup superstar Leona Maguire are within touching distance, only two strokes back.

It's all set up for a fascinating conclusion. 

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