The ‘Red Pants Wizard’ has been resurrected.
The first round of the LPGA Tour Cognitive Founders Cup was held at the Upper Monclair Country Club (par 71) in Clifton, New Jersey, on the 12th (Korean time). Kim Se-young, who tasted victory in this competition in 2016, caught only 6 birdies without bogey and put her name on the top of the leaderboard.
It is a chance to win in two years and six months since the Pelican Championship in November 2020.
To Kim Se-young, a ‘season without a championship’ is unfamiliar. This is because since she debuted on the LPGA Tour in 2015, she has consistently reported more than one win every year until 2020. But after that, her winning streak came to an end.
Even at the top of her leaderboard, it was hard to find her name Kim Se-young. She has not been able to get out of her sluggishness this season, as her best result in six competitions was a tie for 20th at Honda Thailand. She was once ranked No. 2 in the world, but now she’s down to No. 33.
However, Korean players shot their hopes in this tournament, a ‘Korean vegetable garden’ where they won 5 out of the last 7 tournaments. On this day, Sei-young Kim hit a high-sensitivity shot that missed the fairway and green only twice, and from the 12th hole, she performed a ‘four consecutive hole birdie show’ and showed off her unique driving ability.
If Sei-Young Kim comes out on top in this event, she will be encouraged to enter the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. Kim Se-young, who has won 12 LPGA Tour careers, including one major championship, has 14 Hall of Fame points, including the 2020 Player of the Year Award.
Kim Se-young, who finished the game as the sole leader after a long time, emphasized, “Thanks to my good tee shot, I was able to get a good result of 6 under par on the first day.”
After a long time, the 2nd and 3rd place groups were also filled with Taegeukgi. ‘Rookie’ Yoo Hae-ran cut 5 strokes to take 2nd place, and Ko Jin-young finished the first day with Choi Hye-jin in a tie for 3rd place with a 4 under par 67 strokes.안전놀이터
In particular, Ko Jin-young, who is aiming to win the tournament for the third time following 2019 and 2020, committed 1 double bogey and 1 bogey on this day, but finished happily with 7 birdies.
After looking back, Ko Jin-young said, “The 15m birdie putt in the 5th hole and the iron shot that almost became an eagle in the 1st hole are memorable.” did not hide
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