Choi Eun-woo (28, AMANO) tasted the excitement of winning the first championship in the 211th tournament of the KLPGA Tour.
In the final round of the KLPGA Tour Nexen/Saint Nine Masters (total prize money of 800 million won) held at Gaya CC in Gimhae, Gyeongnam on the 23rd, Choi Eun-woo drove 6 under par and won her first regular tour championship with a final total of 9 under par and 207 strokes. This day was even more meaningful because it was his father’s birthday, the first time in 8 years since joining the KLPGA in 2014.
Choi Eun-woo said, “Every year at the Gaya Championship, there were many cases that overlapped with his father’s birthday,” and “I am proud to finally be able to present my first championship.”
Even before the start of the final round, it was difficult to expect a come-from-behind victory from Choi Eun-woo, who was 4 strokes behind the lead and tied for 4th place. It seemed natural that attention was focused on prominent players such as Lee So-mi (24, Daebang Construction), Kim Su-ji (27, Dongbu Construction), and Cho A-yeon (23, Korea Land Trust), who started the final round as a single leader. 메이저놀이터
However, as the final round progressed, Choi Eun-woo began to stand out. While Lee So-mi, Kim Su-ji, and Kim Min-byeol, who competed for the championship in the championship group, continued to walk in place, Choi Eun-woo reduced two strokes with consecutive birdies in holes 6 and 7, chasing leader So-mi Lee by one stroke, and also made a birdie in the 9th hole. jumped to the joint lead.
In the second half, Choi Eun-woo’s run continued. After recording consecutive birdies on the 13th and 14th holes, Choi Eun-woo also caught a birdie on the 16th hole, and achieved his first victory in a come-from-behind victory. While Choi Eun-woo reduced 6 strokes and swung hard on the day, So-mi Lee, who started the final round as the lead, finished with 1-over par, and Su-ji Kim, who was second, ended up with even par, giving Choi Eun-woo the top row of the leaderboard. Kim Su-ji and Lee So-mi finished tied for 3rd place, while Jo A-yeon tied for 8th place.
After the game, Choi Eun-woo said, “It was only on the 17th hole that I saw my name on the top of the electronic display board.” “I felt confident about winning after I got to the green on the 18th hole. I felt the victory before the last putt.”
Ko Ji-woo (21, Samcheon-ri) also received a lot of attention from fans in the final round. Ko Ji-woo, who had been tied for 11th with an interim total of 1 under par until the previous day, reduced 7 strokes in the final round to record a final total of 8 under par, 208 strokes, but was one stroke short of Choi Eun-woo.
Meanwhile, Lim Hee-jeong (23, Doosan E&C), who transferred to Doosan Engineering & Construction this year, also raised fans’ expectations by living up to his name.
Lim Hee-jung recorded a final total of 4 under par 212 strokes in this tournament, and tied for 5th place with Kim Min-byeol and Lee Da-yeon, and put her name on the first ‘Top 5’ of the season. Lim Hee-jung, who finished 32nd at the Lotte Rent-A-Car Women’s Open, which was the opening game of the domestic season, is expected to join the championship competition in earnest from now on as she raised her ranking to 16th at the Mediheal Hankook Ilbo Championship last week and a tie for 5th in this tournament.
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