“Cutie Pool” Park Hyun-kyung (Korea Land Trust) shook off her “perennial runner-up” status to win the Korean Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour title for the 10th time in nine tournaments.
Park defeated Lee So-young (Lotte) on the second and final day of the 2023 KLPGA Tour’s SK networks-Seoul Economy Ladies Classic ($800,000,000 in prize money) at Finks Golf Club (Par 72-6748) in Seogwipo, Jeju Island on Monday.
Park, who carded four birdies and a bogey on the day to shave three strokes off her total, finished the 72-hole event at 8-under-par 280, tied with Lee, who carded five birdies and a bogey to shave four strokes off her total, to force a playoff on the 18th hole (par-4). Both players made par in the first round to force a second round. Park holed out with a 2-on-2 putt, but Lee’s tee shot went into a bunker and her second shot went into the water hazard in front of the green for a double bogey.
It was Park’s fourth career trophy in 910 days after winning the Chris F&C KLPGA Championship in May 2021. Park, who had finished runner-up nine times in her career after winning three titles, became emotional and revealed her struggles. Park avenged her overtime loss to Lee So-young at the Daewoo Women’s MBN Women’s Open in August last year and also shook off the disappointment of being runner-up at the event last year.카지노사이트
“It was the hardest when I was runner-up nine times in two and a half years and doubted whether I was a player who could seize opportunities,” Park said after the win, adding, “There was not a single easy moment, but I was able to overcome it and win because I had fans who believed in me and supported me.” Park, whose father, a professional golfer, caddied for her in all four of her victories, added, “It’s reassuring to have my dad with me, and his experience helps.” “I’ve imagined winning in front of my fans hundreds and thousands of times, and it’s even more meaningful now that it’s happened,” said Park, who won her last three titles in unattended tournaments due to COVID-19.
Jae-woong Uhm (Woosung General Construction) won the Baeksong Holdings-Asiad CC Busan Open on the Korea Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour (total prize money: 1 billion won) at Asiad Country Club (Par 71-7103 yards) in Busan, South Korea. Uhm had one birdie and two bogeys on the day, but his final total of 15-under-par 269 gave him a three-stroke victory over Park Sang-hyun (Dong-A Pharmaceuticals), who was looking to win his second straight tournament following the Genesis Championship.
Uhm, who made his Korean Tour debut in 2009 but has primarily played on the Asian Tour, earned his second Korean Tour victory in five years after winning the Hewons Celebrity Pro-Am in September 2018 to go along with the official prize of 200 million won in cash.