• April 14, 2023

Domestic wave Eugene Seong, LPGA Lotte Championship 2R lead… “I thought I had a Taegeukgi”

Seong Yu-jin (23), whose main stage is the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) tour, took the lead in the second round of the Lotte Championship (total prize money of 2 million dollars) of the United States Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour. He thought that he represented Korea in the competition, and she expressed her feelings that she was able to concentrate more.

In the second round of the tournament held at Ohakalei Country Club (par 72) in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, USA on the 14th (Korean time), Eugene Sung hit 4 under par 68 with 5 birdies and 1 bogey.

Seong Yu-jin, who cut 4 strokes for two days in a row, recorded a total of 8 under par 136 strokes until the second round, rising to the joint lead with Natakrita Wongtawirap (Thailand). He finished tied for third in the group by one stroke.

Seong Yu-jin won her first win in the 4th year of her debut at the KLPGA Tour Lotte Open in June of last year, and participated in this tournament as the Lotte Open winner. Having a unique history of recording a hole-in-one at the US Women’s Open, the first LPGA tour event she participated in in 2020, this is her third US tour event.

Even in the midst of strong winds for two days in a row, the stable play stood out. He recorded a fairway landing rate of 78.57% (11/14) and a green hit rate of 77.78% (14/18), and the number of putts was 28.

After finishing the second round, Seong Yu-jin told the LPGA, “It was a difficult round because the wind was very strong and I couldn’t adjust to the jet lag. Still, he looked back, saying, “It was easy to adapt because the wind direction was the same as yesterday.”

Seong Yu-jin said, “I focused on thinking that I was participating in an LPGA tour with a Korean flag on,” and “It was helpful to think of myself as a player representing the country and to work hard.”

Seong Yu-jin, who won a tournament hosted by Lotte on the KLPGA tour and is excited about a tournament sponsored by Lotte in the U.S., smiled, saying, “I seem to have a deep relationship with Lotte.” “I will work harder and get good grades. I will try to play more aggressively in the remaining two rounds.”

Seong Yu-jin, who was repeating the par march after the birdie on the 3rd hole (par 4) in the first half, caught a 2m birdie on the 10th hole (par 4) and added a birdie on the 11th hole (par 5). did.

He added a birdie on the 13th hole (par 4) and then made a long distance birdie on the green fringe on the 15th hole (par 3). Seong Yu-jin, on the rise, recorded a bogey as his tee shot went into the penalty area on the 16th hole (par 4). .

In the 18th hole (par 5), the second shot, which was aiming for a two-on, went behind the green and fell into a bunker, but Seong Yu-jin calmly made a par save even in a critical situation and finished the second round with a tie for the lead.

If Sung Yu-jin, who is not a member of the LPGA Tour, maintains the lead in the remaining rounds 3 and 4 and wins, he can become a member of the tour. Once he becomes a member of the LPGA Tour, he is also available to play in the US right away. The player who recently won the LPGA tour and went directly to the United States is Kim A-lim (28), who reached the top of the 2020 US Women’s Open.

Two days in a row, the performance of domestic players stood out. Hwang Yoo-min (20), who is in the limelight as a rookie on the KLPGA tour this year, participated on the recommendation of a sponsor and hit 3 under par 141 strokes until the second round. Hwang Yoo-min tied for 11th place, ranking second only to Sung Yu-jin as a Korean player.

Defending champion Kim Hyo-joo (28) collapsed rapidly in the second half of the game, leaving a regret. He made 3 birdies, but lost 6 strokes as he committed 3 bogeys, 1 double bogey and 1 quadruple bogey. The ranking, which was tied for 3rd the previous day, plummeted to 57th (2 over par, 146 strokes) and narrowly passed the cut. 메이저사이트

Like the 3rd hole (par 4), the 5th hole (par 5), and the 11th hole (par 5), I caught a birdie in the hole where I put an iron or wedge shot at a distance of 1-2m from the pin, but the middle-distance putt missed the hole. In the par 3 holes in the second half when the wind became stronger, the tee shot could not go up to the green and fell into a nearby bunker, causing several crises.

In the 16th hole (par 4), after a mistake on the tee shot, even the second shot that was laid up was caught in the long grass around the bunker, putting it in a difficult situation. The third shot did not fly long and fell into the bunker right in front of it, eventually writing a double bogey.

In the 17th hole (par 4), after dropping the tee shot into the water, he managed to put the ball on the green after the 6th shot and committed a quadruple bogey. Kim Hyo-joo, who collapsed after losing 7 strokes in the last four holes, opened up a 10-stroke gap with the leading group, putting the red light on to defend the title.

Wongtawi Lap, a ‘monster rookie’ who hits 300 yards long, cuts two strokes and tied for the lead with 8-under-par 136 strokes, competing for the championship with Sung Yu-jin. This is the second event on the LPGA Tour, and Wongtawi Lap left a deep impression by finishing runner-up at Honda LPGA Thailand last February, the first event on the tour.

Georgia Hall (England), who recently finished runner-up in two consecutive tournaments, drives 6 under par and chases the leading group by one stroke (7 under par, 137 strokes).

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