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Jin Young Ko surpassed Tiger Woods with a record run of bogey-free golf before watching her streak end Thursday at the Cambia Portland Classic.
Ko, the Rolex world No. 1, ran her streak to 114 holes in a row without a bogey with a par the eighth hole, only to miss a 3-foot putt for par at the ninth, ending the streak.
Woods holds the mark on the PGA Tour with 110 consecutive holes without a bogey. He set the mark in 2000.
Ko played the final 34 holes of the AIG Women’s British Open without making a bogey, then won the CP Women’s Open going bogey free in her next start. She became the first player since Inbee Park in 2015 to win an LPGA event without making a bogey, running her bogey-free streak to 106 holes going to Portland.
Ko surpassed Woods’ mark making an eagle at the fifth hole Thursday, but she couldn’t get up and down from a bunker at the ninth to keep her streak going.
“Bogey-free is amazing round [for] 18 holes,” Ko said. “I did 114 holes, and then done. It’s cool.”
Ko, one of the LPGA’s best putters, pulled her 3-foot miss left, failing to hit the hole. She looked down in disbelief for a couple seconds, then put her right hand on her hip while resting her putter against the side of her neck.
What was she thinking?
“Now it’s done,” Ko said. “I’m free.”
Free to begin another streak. Ko played the final nine holes Thursday without a bogey on her way to a 4-under-par 68, good enough to get her in early contention to win her fifth LPGA title this year.
“So I want to do it again, 115 holes bogey-free,” Ko said.
Ko’s four titles this year lead the LPGA, with two of those victories major championships. She won the ANA Inspiration and Evian Championship.