Jin Young Ko wins after losing No.1 spot

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Jin Young Ko has responded to losing her long-held world No.1 golf ranking by winning the next tournament.

The South Korean superstar closed with seven straight pars for a two-under 69 and a one-shot victory from Finland's Matilda Castren (69) in the LPGA Tour's Volunteers of America Classic in Texas on Sunday.

It was Ko's first win of the year and came a week after she lost the No.1 ranking she'd held for two years to Nelly Korda when the American claimed the Women's PGA Championship.

However it was not enought to put her back in top spot and she remains No.2.

Ko had failed to finish in the top 10 in four of her previous five starts on the LPGA Tour but, not far from her American home of Dallas, she thrived as she finished at 16-under 268 for her eighth career LPGA victory.

"I was thinking I had a lot of pressure with the No.1 ranking," Ko said. "But I made it (to win) this week. I'm very happy."

Ko and Korda will square off on big stages over the next month or so. The next major is the Evian Championship, followed by the Tokyo Olympics and the Women's British Open.

Gaby Lopez of Mexico closed with a 65, making her only bogey on the final hole. She finished alone in third, two shots behind.

Esther Henseleit of Germany closed with a 72 and tied for fourth with Ana Belac (68) and Emma Talley, who shot a 63 for her career low round on the LPGA Tour.

Katherine Kirk was the leading Australian, tied 26th at four under after a 72 while Sarah Jane Smith (72) tied 47th.

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