[이데일리 스타in 주영로 기자] Anna Lin (24) climbed to the top of the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour Hana Financial Group Championship (total prize of 1.5 billion won), which took 300 million won in prize money, and led the prize money competition to the last tournament of the season.
On the 8th, on the last day of the tournament held at Sky72 Golf & Resort Ocean Course (par 72) in Yeongjong Island, Incheon, Annaline hit 1 under par 71 with 2 birdies and 1 bogie in the 4th round. Annalin, who recorded a final total of 8 under par 280 strokes, reported her second win in about a month after her first professional debut at the Otek Carrier Championship in October. Jang Hana (28), who won two consecutive championships and defended the title, climbed to second place (5 under par 283 strokes).
With Anna Lin’s victory, the prize winner was overshadowed in the final tournament of the season. The KLPGA Tour has only one competition left for the SK Telecom/ADT Caps Championship (total prize money of 1 billion won) held at Ravie Bell Country Club in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do.
The winning prize of the last tournament has not been confirmed, but it is at least 180 million won, so there is a chance to reverse. The prize money for the KLPGA Tour competition is 18-20% of the total prize money. If 20%, the winning prize is 200 million won. Once the number of participants is determined, the winning prize rate is determined.
Anna Lin, who was ranked 11th in the prize money ranking of the season before the championship (295,022619 won), became second place (59502,2619 won) at once by winning this day.
Kim Hyo-joo, who placed the first prize in the prize money, was able to become the prize money king if he widened the gap from the second prize in the tournament to more than 200 million won. After first winning the prize money in 2014, the second prize money could be confirmed early, but it was not possible to know until the last tournament. Kim Hyo-joo ended up with a tie for 11th place (2 over par 290 strokes) and only added 19 million won in prize money.
On this day, the competition for the prize money race was complicated by four waves, with Park Min-ji (581,037,07 won), who tied for third place and Jang Hana (559,492,207 won), who finished in runner-up. If Annarin, Park Minji, and Jang Hana win at the last tournament of the season, they can become the prize money king depending on the outcome of the match.
Annalin, who took the lead in the final round game as a co-leader, was close to winning by reducing the number of at-bats step by step by running a match that does not shake even in the midst of a strong wind. The sky 72 golf course where the competition was held on this day blew an average of 8m/s and an instantaneous maximum wind speed of 15m/s.
Annarin recorded the first birdie on the day by attaching the second shot to the 1.5m hole with 136 yards left on the 2nd hole (par 4), and then a par marching, a birdie about 8m away from the 9th hole (par 4). Added. After that, Anna Lin, who continued to play a stable game, kept the lead by two strokes ahead of the second-placed lead until the 15th hole.
Jang Hana tried to reverse until the end of the game, but failed in pursuit with a double bogie on the 17th hole (par 3). Anna Lin looked at this hole, but left the last hole and spread the difference between Jang Hana and Hana by three more. The final 18th hole was finished with a par to confirm the championship.
Choi Hye-jin (21) was tied for 17th in this tournament (5 over par, 293 strokes), and the top 10 march was stopped, but the winner was confirmed. Kim Hyo-joo, who placed second in the grand prize category, did not make it to the top 10, so he could not add points. Choi Hye-jin was awarded with 429 points and Kim Hyo-ju with 337 points, regardless of the remaining tournament results. Choi Hye-jin will receive the grand prize for two consecutive years following last year.
Choi Hye-jin did not win this year, but was ranked in the top 10 in 13 competitions, starting with 7th in the Jeju Samdasoo Women’s Open in August, and finishing in the top 10 in 7 consecutive competitions from SK Networks Seoul Economic Classic, which ended last week.
On the 19th, Ko Jin-young (25), who was ranked first in the world before returning to the LPGA tour, ended the tournament with a tie for eighth by hitting even par for four days. Ko Jin-young immediately moves to the US to prepare for the LPGA tour.
Heo Yun-gyeong (30), who retired from the end of this tournament, won a tie for 10th place (1 over par, 289 strokes), winning the beauty of the race.