Defending Champ Park Ji-young, taking the lead… A great match is expected in pursuit of Park Min-ji and Park Hyun-kyung
It is a great marriage of the leading ranks. The 2nd MedihealㆍHankook Ilbo Championship of the Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour is expected to be an unpredictable hot game until the end of the final 4th round. Defending champion Park Ji-young took a step closer to her second straight victory as a solo player, but Park Min-ji and Park Hyeon-kyung are in close pursuit with a one-stroke gap, while rookies Kim Min-byeol and Lee Joo-mi, who are two strokes behind, are also within range of a come-from-behind championship on the final day.
Park Ji-young won the 2nd Mediheal/Hankook Ilbo Championship of the Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour held at the Ferrum Club (par 72, 6,652 yards) in Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 15th (total prize money of 1 billion won, prize money of 180 million won) 3 In the round, he tied 4 birdies and 1 bogey and shot 3 under par 69. Ji-Young Park recorded an interim total of 10 under par, 206 strokes, and placed her name on the sole lead, one stroke ahead of Min-Ji Park and Hyeon-Kyung Park.토토사이트
This allowed Park Ji-young to challenge for her second consecutive victory in the event and her first multiple wins in her life. Park Ji-young, who became the first champion in this competition that started last year, won the Hana Financial Group Singapore Women’s Open, the opening game of the 2023 season KLPGA Tour, and tied for second place at the Lotte Rent-A-Car Women’s Open last week.
On this day, Park Ji-young entered the third round with a tie for third place, two strokes behind the leader. Park Ji-young, who caught her first birdie on the 2nd hole (par 4), hesitated for a while as she bogeyed the 3rd hole (par 3), but she immediately picked up a birdie on the 4th hole (par 4) and gained momentum.
The game was suspended due to rain and resumed after about two hours, but Park Ji-young was not shaken. Park Ji-young, who unfortunately missed a birdie as her putt slightly missed due to the slightly slower green, added a birdie on the 12th hole (par 5) and jumped into the competition for the lead.
Park Ji-young was also lucky. In the 8th hole (par 3), the tee shot got stuck near the chin of the bunker, but it was recognized as a general area according to the golf rules for ‘stuck ball’ (Article 16, Paragraph 3) and was relieved without penalty. Park Ji-young blocked this hole with a par and was able to continue the good flow. Afterwards, Park Ji-young, who maintained a joint lead, made a birdie on the last 18th hole (par 5) and faced the 4th round with a solo lead by one shot.
Park Ji-young expressed her feelings after the match, saying, “There were many putts that I was disappointed with because of the slow green speed due to the rain, but there were also putts that were well blocked with pars. I want to play without regrets like this tomorrow.”
However, Ji-Young Park’s second consecutive victory in the tournament will not go smoothly. The players who will play together in the championship group on the final day are last year’s prize money and most wins champion Park Min-ji and three-winner Park Hyeon-kyung.
Park Min-ji reduced 4 strokes in the 3rd round and placed in a tie for 2nd place with an interim total of 9 under par 207 strokes. Park Min-ji, who won 6 wins each in 2021 and 2022, aims for the first win of the season and 17 wins in total in this competition.
Park Hyun-kyung also cut 2 strokes in the 3rd round to record 9 under par 207 strokes, putting her shoulder to shoulder with Park Min-ji. Park Hyun-kyung recorded two wins in 2020 and one win in 2021, but last year he was unable to win the championship. She took the chance to win this tournament for the first time in two years and her 4th win in her career.
Park Ji-young, who starts the 4th round in the champion group with Park Min-ji and Park Hyun-kyung, said, “I saw the leaderboard and thought it would be noisy tomorrow. A lot. It’s fun and meaningful to play with players I get along well with. I’ll have fun playing.”
As for the fierce competition, she said, “I think I’ll have to keep my shots steady and putts aggressively to create chances rather than playing my shots aggressively.”
Kim Min-byeol, who took the lead in the first round, and Lee Joo-mi, who took the lead in the second round, are tied for 4th with 8 under par. Kim Min-byeol, who led the game until the game was stopped due to rain, was shaken after the game resumed and also tied for 4th place with an 8-under-par 208 strokes. In particular, in hole 11 (par 4), where Kim was leading with a 10-under par, her second shot from the bunker went over the green and entered the OB (Out of Bounce) area, losing two strokes at once and giving up the lead.
Kim Su-ji, who won the grand prize last year, recorded 209 strokes at 7 under par, and was tied for 6th place with Jung Yoon-ji and Kim Ji-soo. Ryu So-yeon of the LPGA Tour, who participated in a domestic tournament after a long time, tied for 34th with an even par of 216, and Anna Lin ranked tied for 36th with a 1-over par of 217. Kim Sei-young tied for 57th with a 3-over par of 219.