At least 3 strokes on the final day, ‘269 new record’… Leap to 2nd place in prize money ranking
Park Min-ji, who defended the third title of the season, placed 3rd… Top 5 hole-in-ones
‘Desert Fox’ Lim Hee-jeong (22), overcame the aftereffects of a traffic accident and decorated her first championship of the season by winning a major tournament.
In the final round of the DB Group’s 36th Korea Women’s Open (total prize of 1.2 billion won) held at Rainbow Hills Country Club (par 72) in Eumseong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do on the 19th, Lim Hee-jung shot 3-under 69 to win the 4th round with a total of 19-under-par 269.
Lim Hee-jung, who beat 2nd place Kwon Seo-yeon (21) by six strokes, became the first winner of the season and the 5th Korean women’s professional golf (KLPGA) tour tournament in her career.
This is the first championship in 11 months at the High1 Resort Women’s Open in August of last year.
It is the second time since winning the KB Financial Star Championship in 2019.
The 269 shot recorded by Lim Hee-jung on this day is a new record for the smallest win at the Korean Women’s Open.
It is a new record streak for two days in a row following the record breaking of the record for the minimum hit (200) at 54 holes the day before.
The previous record was 271 strokes left by Oh Ji-hyeon (26) in 2018 and Park Min-ji (24) last year.
Target points also jumped to 12th place.
Lim Hee-jung, who suffered from a traffic accident in April, regained the status of a top-notch player with both performance and popularity on the KLPGA tour.
After the accident, Lim Hee-jung participated in six competitions, withdrew once and missed the cut once, and only once placed 3rd in the Doosan Match Play Championship to finish in the top 10.
Lim Hee-jung, who was still suffering from the aftermath of the accident, such as muscle aggregation, said, “I’m not in very good shape, but let’s just endure this tournament.”
Lim Hee-jung said, “I’m happy to win the championship by setting the record for the minimum strokes on 54 holes and the minimum strokes on 72 holes.
In the meantime, I have washed away my heartache.
“I want to win 3 wins in the season and win 2 weeks in a row.”
Lim Hee-jung, who took the lead by 6 strokes the day before, blocked the pursuit with a birdie on the 1st hole (par 5) and 2nd hole (par 4) consecutively, as if she promised, “I will not let go of tension even if there is a difference in strokes.” did.
Park Min-ji (24) pursued the chase, but Lim Hee-jung kept the difference by 6 strokes by catching birdies on the 7th (par 5) and 11th (par 3) holes.
As Hee-Jeong Lim wrote her one bogey on the 15th hole (par 4) and Min-ji Park made a birdie on the 16th hole (par 5), the difference was narrowed by four strokes.
Lim Hee-jung said, “I started with a big difference in strokes, but I had no intention of playing golf to keep it.
“It was a pity that we couldn’t achieve the goal of being 20-under,” he said.
As Hee-Jung Lim did not close the difference in batting average, the fight for the runner-up was more attention than the competition for the championship.
Rookie Seo-yeon Kwon took the runners-up (13-under-par 275) after reducing four strokes by adding one bogey to five birdies.
This is the second runner-up this season, following 2nd place in the Nexen and Saint Nine Masters in April.
Park Min-ji, who cut two strokes, finished third (12-under 276), and did not achieve the third title defense of the season, but did save the defending champion’s face.
Park Min-ji lost three shots in the last two holes, including a double bogey on the 17th hole (par 3) and a bogey on the 18th hole (par 4).
Park Min-ji, who added a prize of 75 million won, kept the first place in the prize money ranking.
Kim Su-ji (26), Lee Ga-young (23), and Kim Hee-jun (22) tied for fourth place (11-under 277 strokes).
Seo Jin-in (21) made a hole-in-one on the 11th hole (par 3) on the same day, breaking the record for the most holes-in-one (5) in the history of the Korean Women’s Open.