5th extension 4m birdie… Yoon-ji Jung in her 3rd year, her debut first roar

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Jung Yun-ji cheers with clenched fists in her right hand after making a successful champion putt in the 5th overtime at the KLPGA Tour E1 Charity Open on the 29th. KLPGA tour provided

When the 4m birdie putt fell into the hall, Yoonji Jeong (21) raised her arms and roared, embracing the congratulatory colleagues and rejoicing.

Jung Yun-ji won her first championship in the final round of the E1 Charity Open (a total prize money of 800 million won) of the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour, which ended at South Springs CC (par 72) in Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 29th, after 5 rounds of overtime. After three years of her debut, Yoon-ji Jung, who achieved her first win in her 54th competition, received her winning prize of 144 million won and jumped to fourth place in the prize money ranking (240.21 million won).

Jung Yun-ji shot a 4-under 68 on the day and entered overtime with Ha Min-song (26), Ji Han-sol (26), and Lee So-yeong (25) with a final total of 8-under 208. In the 5th overtime, where Ha Min-song and Lee So-young were eliminated in the first overtime, Jung Yun-ji dramatically won the championship by successfully putting a 4m birdie putt with defending champion Ji Han-sol ahead of the far putt.

Jung Yun-ji participated in the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games with Im Hee-jung (22) and Yoo Hae-ran (21), who emerged as a sign of Korean women’s golf, and was selected as a promising player early by collaborating for a silver medal in the team event. She made it to number 5 on the 2019 Dream Tour money rankings, and she managed to make it to the KLPGA Tour in 2020, but it didn’t live up to expectations. Lim Hee-jung and Yoo Hae-ran took the lead in Korean women’s golf by accumulating victories, but Jeong Yun-ji was only unrelated. After finishing her rookie season at No. 48 on her prize money list, Yun-ji Jeong was not noticed last year as No. 23 on the money list.

Yoon-ji Jung, who has sharpened her shot this year, took runner-up at the NH Investment & Securities Ladies Championship hosted by the sponsor two weeks ago, increasing her chances of winning, and this time she stood tall at the top. Jung Yoon-ji said, “I thought that I also really won, so her parents’ faces overlapped and tears came to my eyes. Now I have confidence. I want to try to be number one in the world someday,” she said.

Meanwhile, Yang Ji-ho (33) won the 133th tournament in 14 years after debut with a final total of 7-under 281 at the KB Financial Live Championship on the KPGA Korean Tour, which ended on the same day. Yang Ji-ho, who played with his wife, Kim Yoo-jeong, as a caddy, won 140 million won in prize money.

By Kim Jeong-hoon, staff reporter hun@donga.com

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