Park Joo-young and Kim Min-seon tied for 2nd place, Park Seong-hyun tied for 38th… Jang Hana abstained
(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Dong-chan Kim = Su-ji Kim (25) ranked first in the third round of the 21st Hite Jinro Championship (total prize money of 1 billion won), the last major tournament of the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour season, by one stroke alone.
On the 9th, in the third round of the tournament held at Blue Heron Golf Club (par 72, 6,660 yards) in Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do, on the 9th, Kim Suji picked five birdies without bogey and shot a 5-under 67.
With a total of 12-under-par 204 over three days, Su-ji Kim started the final round of the major tournament as a solo lead, beating the tied 2nd place players by one stroke.
Kim Su-ji, who has been active in the regular tour since 2017, is the first player to win the regular tour at the KG E-Daily Ladies Open in September.
Kim Su-ji, who won the first championship in the 115th tournament on the regular tour at the time, is now challenging for the second win and a major championship right after the first win in the fifth tournament.
Kim Su-ji has been on the rise recently, taking third place at the Hana Financial Group Championship last week.
However, as Kim Min-sun (26) and Park Joo-young (31), who are tied for second place, are chasing by one stroke, fierce competition for the championship is expected in the final round.
Min-sun Kim, who was tied for first place the day before, caught a birdie with a chip shot around the 15th hole (par 4) green on that day, and put a tee shot less than 1m from the 16th hole (par 3) to press Kim Su-ji with a birdie for two consecutive holes. did.
If Park had put an eagle putt of about 3m on the last 18th hole (par 5), he could have finished the third round with a tie for first place, but he had to be content with narrowing the gap with leader Kim Su-ji by one stroke as he deviated slightly to the left.
Park Joo-young, the younger brother of Park Hee-young (34), who is active on the LPGA Tour in the US, has participated in the KLPGA regular tour tournament 244 times, but has not yet won a championship.
Park Joo-young’s all-time best performance is three runners-up: the Jeju Samdasoo Masters in August 2016, the All For You Championship in September 2018, and the Doosan Match Play Championship in May this year.
The record for winning the first championship by participating in the most tournaments on the KLPGA tour is held by Ahn Song-i (31), who won the 236th tournament in 2019.
If Joo-Young Park wins in this competition, it will be her 245th championship and she will be able to write a new record in this category.
Somi Lee (22) is in fourth place alone with a 10-under 206 stroke, and Hee-jeong Lim (21) is in fifth place alone with a 9-under 207 stroke.
Park Min-ji (23), who has won 6 this year, starts the final round on the 10th in solo 6th with an 8-under 208 shot. With a difference of 4 strokes from the lead, there is a good chance of a comeback victory.
Amateur Bang Shin-sil (17) is tied for 8th with a 6-under 210 shot, and Park Seong-hyeon (28), who is the world’s number one, is tied for 38th with a 1-over-par 217.
Hana Jang (29), who ranked second after Minji Park in this season’s prize money and grand prize points category, withdrew due to knee and ankle injuries after finishing the 7th hole.
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