1st place in ‘LPGA Rookie of the Year Race’, VOA 1R 1st stroke 2nd place

LPGA Ataya Titikun player. AFP Yonhap News

The most outstanding newcomer on the LPGA tour this year is Thailand’s ‘scary teenager’ Ataya Titikun (19). He reported his first win early in his debut at the JTBC Classic, his fifth competition in March, and has been sprinting for the first place in the Rookie of the Year race throughout the season. In particular, at the Wal-Mart NW Arkansas Championship on the 26th, after a close battle with American Korean-American Daniel Kang (30) until the second overtime, he reached the top of the season and achieved two wins in the season. Titikun, who entered the top 10 11 times in 21 competitions, increased his points to 1,299 points with this win, creating a stronger foothold toward the Rookie of the Year award.

The tee-winners gained momentum and laid the foundation for the championship for the second week in a row. On the 30th, in the first round of The Ascendant LPGA Volunteers of America (total prize money of $1.7 million) held at The Colony Old American Golf Club (par 71, 6517 yards) in Texas, USA, the tee hitter blocked one bogey and caught 6 birdies. With a 5-under-par 66 shot, he finished second alone, one shot behind leader Lin Siyu (China). The tee-kun performed a birdie show for three consecutive holes, especially on the 15th to 17th holes.

LPGA player Hye-Jin Choi. AFP Yonhap News

On the other hand, Choi Hye-jin (23, Lotte), who is also challenging the rookie of the year, went back and forth between cold and hot baths with one eagle, one birdie, two bogeys and one double bogey, and was pushed down to a tie for 47th with a 1-over par 72. He is 138 points behind in the second place (1161 points) in the Rookie of the Year award after the teakun, so he has a busy way to go. Until the first week of June, there was only a 24 point difference, but Titikun is in a situation where he rarely gives up his lead position as he continues to excel.

By Choi Hyun-tae, Senior Correspondent [email protected]

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