Jin Young Ko set the known record for the longest streak of holes without a bogey in professional golf on Thursday, and then it shockingly came to an end on 3-foot putt.
Ko came into the 2019 Cambia Portland Classic having played 106 holes without dropping a shot, just four shy of the known record of Tiger Woods, who went 110 holes bogey-free in 2000. She played the first eight holes of the Thursday opening round at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Oregon in 4 under par, surpassing Woods’ mark and entering golf lore.
On the ninth hole, Ko faced a 3-foot par putt to extend the streak. She never started the right-to-left putt far enough out to account for the break, and the world No. 1 missed on the low side. The Golf Channel announce team calling the action was in shock. Ko herself was distraught. She took extra time after missing the putt to gather her thoughts before making the short comebacker for bogey.
The streak comes to an end after 114 bogey-free holes.
Incredible streak Jin Young! 👏
— LPGA (@LPGA) August 29, 2019
“First putt was good, but second putt I decelerated, so I made bogey,” said Ko, who wound up shooting 4-under 68 and finishing the round tied for 24th place.
Ko’s 114-hole run is the longest known on the major tours. The biggest chunk of this stretch was in last week’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, which Ko won without making a bogey. Ko became the first player since Inbee Park at the 2015 HSBC Women’s Champions to win an event without a bogey. Park ultimately put together a 93-hole bogey-free streak, combining the final round of the prior week’s Honda LPGA Thailand and the early holes of the Kia Classic afterward.
Since 1992, Ko and Park are the only players to accomplish this feat.
This season on the PGA Tour, JT Poston won the Wyndham Championship going bogey-free over 72 holes, marking the first time a winner didn’t drop a shot since Lee Trevino’s 1974 win in New Orleans. Poston’s run went 82 total holes. Scott Piercy finished the AT&T Byron Nelson in May without dropping a shot, but he didn’t win the event.
Since Woods’ 110-hole run in 2000, Bubba Watson went 100 holes without a bogey in 2006.
After playing the final nine holes of her round bogey-free, Ko said she hopes to find a way to an even longer streak.
“Bogey free is amazing,” said Ko. “I did 114 holes and then done. It’s cool, especially I did a new record, something like that. I want to do again, 115 holes bogey-free hopefully. But yeah, I’m free. I’m freedom, yeah. I can feel it.”