Korea, ‘Irrelevant’ for 11 consecutive tournaments… Hull LPGA Ascension Championship (overall)

Yu So-yeon tied for 7th, and Lydia Ko finished 1st in the CME Globe Race.

Yoo So-yeon

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Dongchan Kim = In the LPGA Tour Tournament in the United States, the ‘winning drought’ of Korean players continued for 11 consecutive tournaments.

In the LPGA Ascendant (total prize pool of $1.7 million), which ended on 3rd (Korea time) at the Old American Golf Club (par 71, 6,517 yards) in The Colony, Texas, USA, Soyeon Ryu (32) recorded final round total of 10 under par 274. , tied for 7th, the highest position among Korean players.

As a result, Korean players have not been able to climb to the top in 11 recent LPGA Tour tournaments since Jeon In-ji (28) won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, a major event at the end of June this year.

The recent case of a Korean player failing to win 10 or more consecutive LPGA Tour tournaments is the first in over 8 years since 17 consecutive tournaments between October 2013 and June 2014.

Yoo So-yeon was tied for 6th place, 3 shots behind the lead until the 3rd round of the tournament, and had a chance to win a second chance, but was unable to rise in the rankings as she dropped 2 strokes to 4 birdies and 2 bogies.

Yoo So-yeon, who achieved a ‘Top 10’ result in about two and a half months after tying for 8th at the Evian Championship in July, said, “It feels good to be in the ‘Top 10’ in a long time. I will give meaning to go and see many positive aspects,” he said.

the winning body
the winning body

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The winner was Charlie Hull (England) with a final total of 18-under 266.

Hull, who won the tour for the second time in six years since the CME Group Tour Championship in November 2016, received a prize money of 255,000 dollars (about 360 million won).

Lin Shiyu (China), who finished second by one stroke, birdied and made eagles on the 16th and 17th holes in a row to hold on to a joint lead.

On the 16th hole (par 3), he made a birdie putt of about 3.6 m, and on the 17th hole (par 5) he managed to make an eagle putt at a distance of 10 m.

However, Hull, who was playing in the same group as Lin Siyu, birdied just over 1m from the 17th hole and ran away to the top again.

On the last 18th hole (par 4), Hull holed first with a par, and Lin Shiyu missed a birdie opportunity about 5 meters to the left, confirming Hull’s victory.

Lydia Ko (New Zealand), who is about to get married in December this year, came only third with a shot of 16-under 268.

Lydia Ko, who came first in the batting average category, also came first in the CME Globe Race, which translates season results into points as a result of this tournament.

Ataya Titikun (Thailand), who leads the Rookie of the Year category, is in only fourth place with a shot of 12-under 272. The draw, which added 70 points for the Rookie of the Year award, was 1,369 points , widening the gap with Hye-jin Choi (23) second with 1,161 points to 208 points.

Third place in the world rankings is expected to rise to second place in the rankings on the 3rd.

Since the winner of the competition gets 150 points for the Rookie of the Year award, it became a gap that Choi Hye-jin could not keep up with just one match. Hyejin Choi withdrew during the tournament and could not add points.

The next LPGA Tour event is the Mediheal Championship (total prize money of $1.8 million), held over four days from the 6th.

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