Hong Jung-min, who led the 1st to 3rd rounds, came second by one stroke.
(Incheon = Yonhap News) Reporter Choi Song-a = Kim Su-ji (26) won the Hana Financial Group Championship (total prize money of 1.5 billion won), which took the most money on the Korean Women’s Professional Golf tour ( KLPGA) , for two consecutive weeks.
In the final round of the tournament held at Bear’s Best Cheongna (par 72, 6,745 yards) in Incheon on the 2nd, Kim Suji tied 4 birdies and 3 bogeys to hit 1 under par 71.
With a final total of 14 under 274, Kim Su-ji took the title by one stroke over Hong Jeong-min (20) and Lee Ye-won (19) in second place.
The prize money for the championship is 2.7 million won.
Kim Soo-ji, who won the KG·Edaily Women’s Open in September last year and the Hite Jinro Championship in October, lifted the trophy for two consecutive weeks following her first win of the season at the OK Financial Group Pak Se -ri Invitation last week.
On the KLPGA Tour this season, the ‘multi-win’ player is the third player after Park Min-ji (24), who has four wins, and Jo A-yeon (22), who has two wins.
Kim Su-ji has won two of the last six competitions and, apart from an 11th place finish at the KB Financial Star Championship last month, has continued to climb into the top 5, and also revealed the possibility of the Hite Jinro Championship next week, title defense game.
While Hong Jung-min, who had not missed the lead for the past three days, struggled in the first half of the final, Kim Su-ji, who started in second place, hit by two strokes.
Suji Kim, who took the lead with birdies on the 1st (par 3) and 3rd (par 4) holes, took the individual holes by adding a birdie after hitting the third shot on the 4th hole (par 5) from about 2m. Only Jung-min Hong was seen in this hall, and in an instant, it was two strokes.
Kim Su-ji missed a par putt by less than 1m on the 5th hole (par 3) and the gap was reduced by one stroke, but Hong Jeong-min shook up by bogeying the 8th and 9th holes in a row and it was spread by three stroke when the first half was over.
After that, in the second half, there was a gap of 2-3 strokes, but on the 17th hole (par 5), Kim Su-ji faced a crisis.
Hong Jung-min putted a 16-metre birdie at this hole and trailed by one stroke.
Around that time, Yewon Lee, who was playing in the previous group, finished second with an eagle on the 18th hole (par 4) with Hong Jeong-min, and the match quickly fell into the fog.
However, Kim Su-ji and Hong Jung-min made par on the 18th hole, completing the one-shot victory for Kim Su-ji.
Hong Jeong-min, who was aiming for two career wins following the Doosan Match Play Championship in May, lost two shots that day and had to settle for a tie for second place with Lee Ye- win
Somi Lee (23) and Yujin Seong (22) tied for 4th (11-under 277 strokes), while Hansol Ji (26) and Bunchan Tchaawi (Thailand) tied for 6th place (10-under 278 strokes ).
Lim Hee-jung (22) was tied for 11th (8-under 280 strokes), and Park Hyun-kyung (22) was tied for 15th (7-under 281 strokes).
Last year’s LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Patti Tawatanabat (Thailand), who entered the sponsored competition with Bun Chan, finished in a tie for 42nd (even par 288).
Park Min-ji, who is in first place in the prize money with four wins this season, withdrew due to cold symptoms and body aches before the final round of the tournament.
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