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Soon after a year in which Lydia Ko added three LPGA Tour victories to her resume, bringing her occupation total to 19, she now has a new title to delight in in 2023: newlywed.
Ko married fiance Jun Chung at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, South Korea, on December 30th.
Chung was by Ko’s aspect when she claimed the trophy at the LPGA’s grand finale, the CME Team Championship, which gained Ko a file $2 million — the richest prize in women’s golf.
Ko, 25, wore a stunning white lace, off-the-shoulder gown for her wedding ceremony, when her groom donned a black tuxedo.
Chung is the son of Hyundai Card vice-chairman Chung Tae. Jun Chung went to university in the United States and graduated from California’s Claremont McKenna University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
In accordance to Ko, the two started off expending time alongside one another in 2021. She exposed their engagement very last August.
Ko is the current World No. 1, but she would not be the very first participant to retire at the top of her recreation. Even though nonetheless a teenage phenom in 2015, Ko famously introduced her intention to retire from skilled golfing by age 30, and maybe go after a job as a psychologist. But forward of this year’s CME Championship, Ko declined to established a timeline for her retirement.
“When I really feel like it is the time for me to retire, I will only know at that time, but I really do not want to go away the video game and regret that I should have stopped then rather than making an attempt to retain heading and retain going and shed enthusiasm for golf,” Ko explained. “I would fairly retire the considered of, oh, perhaps I could have, and then, like, it’s still an remarkable thought rather than a tiring considered of I ought to have carried out this.
“Sometimes I have a long working day at the golf study course, and I’m, like, I’m retiring tomorrow. And then some days you have fantastic days, and you assume this is why we enjoy,” she ongoing. “I imagine at times it’s hard to have that when you are carrying out anything for a long period of time. My position product is form of like Lorena [Ochoa] the place she was a small her ideal. I’m positive if she continued playing, she would have dominated. I’m, like, thank goodness she wasn’t enjoying when I came on tour. But it’s, like, I want to retire like that and retire though nevertheless taking part in good golf.”
Ko is currently two details shy of another main milestone: eligibility for the LPGA Hall of Fame. That deficit equates to two additional common-year wins, or a person important. Presented Ko’s latest variety, it looks highly very likely she could secure her entry into the Hall faster alternatively than afterwards.
The 2023 LPGA Tour period kicks off with the Hilton Grand Vacations Match of Champions in Orlando, Fla., on January 19.