There is a player who stole the hearts of Korean golf fans at the LPGA Tour Lotte Championship (total prize money of 2 million dollars). This is Seong Yu-jin (23), who participated as an invited player by the sponsor. Grace Kim (Australia) won the championship cup, but Seong Yu-jin won the runner-up after an extra-long match, quickly emerging as a candidate to continue the lineage of Koreans on the LPGA Tour.
On the 16th (Korean time), Eugene Sung hit a 3 under par 69 in the final 4th round of the tournament held at Hoakalay Country Club (par 72) in Eva Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, USA. Seong Yu-jin, who recorded a total of 12 under par 276 strokes, had to be satisfied with the runner-up, losing in the first overtime to Grace Kim and Liu Yu (China), who recorded equal strokes.
There were not many people paying attention to Sung Yu-jin ahead of this tournament. This is because she is not a regular member of the LPGA Tour, but competed as the winner of the Lotte Open of the Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour last year. However, Seong Yu-jin made the question mark attached to her into her exclamation mark. Although she missed out on the championship, she took a well-deserved runner-up and raised her expectations for her future.
Seong Yu-jin, whose main stage is the KLPGA tour, thoroughly prepared for this tournament. With wedges of 48 degrees, 52 degrees, and 56 degrees, he put so much effort into taking 50, 54, and 58-degree wedges separately. Compared to Korea, it was hard and fast green, and it was a concern to stick the ball around the pin. And that’s not all. Last winter, he spent a lot of time practicing around the green and putting, which was considered his weakness.
There was a definite reason. This is because one of the goals I want to achieve as a professional golfer is to enter the LPGA Tour. Seong Yu-jin prepared thoroughly to be able to become a Cinderella who goes directly to the LPGA tour like Jin-young Ko and Anna-rin if she reaches the top of this tournament.
Seong Yu-jin, who started the game with a solo lead by one stroke, cruised by catching two birdies until the 5th hole. His first bogey came out on the 9th hole, but Seong Yu-jin was unmoved. She bounced back with a birdie on the 10th hole and continued her hopes of her first win on the LPGA Tour. On the last hole, the 18th hole, Seong Yu-jin once again showed his concentration. She made a valuable birdie and took the game into overtime. The first extension was disappointing. Seong Yu-jin wrote down her bogey in the first overtime played on the 18th hole and gave the win to Grace Kim who caught a birdie.
In an interview with the Maeil Business Newspaper after the match, Seong Yu-jin said, “I don’t think I’ll ever forget this tournament, including playing overtime for the first time. As much as she had a valuable experience, she has grown to a higher level as a professional golfer,” he said. If the next overtime opportunity comes, I will definitely win,” she raised her voice.
Seong Yu-jin, who proved her competitiveness on the LPGA Tour, one of her final goals, expressed her determination to take one step towards the world No. 1 in women’s golf. Seong Yu-jin said, “I felt another fun in golf by experiencing overseas competitions such as the Ladies European Tour (LET) Aramco Saudi Ladies International last February and the US Women’s Open last year.” We will make sure that Sung Yu-jin can rise to No. 1 in the world rankings.” 토토사이트
The one who reached the top was Grace Kim, a Korean-Australian whose Korean name is Kim Si-eun. Grace Kim, born in 2000, was a promising star who played for the Australian national team during her amateur days. She immediately rose to prominence on the LPGA Tour as well. Grace Kim, who debuted on her regular tour this year after going through the second part of the Epson Tour, tasted the excitement of her first victory by catching a birdie in the first round. Receiving $300,000 (approximately 392 million won) as the prize money, he enjoyed the double celebration of winning the right to participate in the Chevron Championship, the first major tournament of the 2023 season that opens next week.
Hwang Yoo-min (20) tied for 9th with 8 under par and 280 strokes, and Choi Hye-jin (24) tied for 13th with 6 under par and 262 strokes. Last year’s winner Kim Hyo-joo (28) finished the tournament with a 1-over par of 289 and a tie for 48th place.