Kim Hyo-joo’s ‘Enjoying Golf’ wins… KLPGA chasers fail to come back

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Hyo-Joo Kim.

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Kim Hyo-joo plays ‘enjoying golf’. I think that if you play comfortably without being nervous in any situation, victory will come to you. I think it’s enough to catch a birdie again if you watch it. So, in the group with Kim Hyo-joo, the flower of laughter never ceases. If Kim Hyo-joo is included, the tension will be lifted even for the champion group.

The Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour SK Networks Seoul Economy Ladies Classic ended with a victory for ‘Enjoying Golf’.

Hyo-joo Kim recorded a 4-under 68 with 6 birdies and 2 bogeys on the last day of the tournament held at the Pinx Golf Club (par 72) in Seogwipo, Jeju on the 31st, and won the championship by one stroke over So-young Lee with a total of 14-under 274.

Kim Hyo-joo, ranked 11th in the world rankings, which takes the US Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) tour as the main stage, took two wins on this year’s KLPGA tour following the OK Savings Bank Pak Se-ri Invitational last month.

Kim Hyo-joo, who once led to a solo lead by four strokes, reduced eight strokes on this day alone, leaving three holes for Lee So-yeong and allowed a joint lead. However, on the 17th hole (par 3), Kim Hyo-joo succeeded in putting a 5m downhill birdie from outside the green and took the lead by one stroke, saving a par on the last hole and securing the championship.

Among the players who had a chase against Kim Hyo-joo that day, the player who left the most regret was Lee So-young.

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Soyoung Lee, who recorded 9 birdies and 1 bogey on the day, took a birdie on the 18th hole (par 4), which is considered the most difficult on the Pinx Golf Course, and ended the game as a joint lead. lost the chance to pass.

So-young Lee seemed to seize the opportunity to break the jinx of not winning in odd years, but in the end, she had to give up on golf that Hyo-joo Kim enjoys. So-Young Lee has won her five career victories, including one win in 2016, three wins in 2018, and one win in 2020, but they are all even-numbered championships.

Ga-young Lee, who was aiming for the first win in her career, also caught a birdie on three consecutive holes and caught up by two strokes, but ended the game with a tie for 7th (8-under 280 strokes) as she bogeyed in the last two holes.

Lim Hee-jeong placed third (10-under 278 strokes), while Lee Seung-yeon, Yoo Hae-ran, and Lee So-mi tied 4th (9-under 279 strokes). Reporter Tae-shik Oh Golf Siege ots@mk.co.kr

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