Han Jin-sun blows away ‘130 wars 131’

Han Jin-sun (25, Kakao VX) won her first victory on the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour debut in the 131st game in 6 seasons.

Jinsun Han of South Korea plays a tee shot on the 4th hole of the 4th round of the KLPGA Tour High1 Resort Women’s Open held at High1 Resort CC in Jeongseon, Gangwon on the 21st. Provided by KLPGA

Jinsun Han hit a 4-under 68 with 5 birdies and 1 bogey in the fourth round on the last day of the KLPGA Tour High1 Resort Women’s Open (total prize of 800 million won) held at High1 Resort CC (par 72) in Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do on the 21st. As a result, Jinsun Han, who recorded the final total of 11 under par 277, beat the joint 2nd place Hae Ran (21, Daol Financial Group) and Choi Yerim (23, SK Networks) by two strokes, who both hit 9 under par 279.

Jinsun Han, who made her debut on the KLPGA tour in 2017, has participated in 130 tournaments and ranked in the top 10 21 times, including 2 runners-up, but had no relationship with the championship. This season, she participated in 17 competitions, and the best result was 4th place in the Women’s Classic of the Hoban Seoul Shimbun held in July. However, with the victory of this tournament, he was relieved of his military service and received a prize money of 144 million won. Jinsun Han, who won the first time in 131 games, tied for 4th with Kim Soon-hee, who is now serving as managing director of the KLPGA, in the record for the most first wins in history. The record for his first win in most appearances is held by Ahn Song-i (32), who reached the top in 236 games.

Jinsun Han, who started the final round in a tie for second place, three shots behind the lead, committed a bogey on the 5th hole (par 5). But he made up for the mistake with a birdie on the 6th (par 3) and added a birdie on the 8th (par 3). In the second half, Han Jin-sun, who gained momentum, took the lead with birdies on the 13th hole (par 4) and 14th hole (par 3), and reserved the championship with birdies on the 17th hole (par 4).

On the other hand, Choi Ye-rim, who finished runner-up by one stroke at the Jeju Samdasoo Masters on the 7th, was pushed back in the final championship race and took second place again in two weeks. Ahn Seon-joo (35), a ‘twin mother’, who took the lead in the final round by three strokes and looked for the 8th win on the KLPGA Tour in 13 years, lost five strokes and was pushed to a joint eighth place (5-under par 283).

Meanwhile, Tae-Hoon Ok (24) won the Asian Tour International Series Korea ($1.5 million total prize money) at Lotte Skyhill CC (par 71, 7079 yards) in Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do on the same day. In the fourth round, Tae-Hoon Ok combined 6 birdies and 3 bogeys to hit 3-under 68, resulting in a final total of 15-under 269, beating Kim Bio (32), who had 14-under 270, by one stroke to rise to the top. Tae-Hoon Ok, who actually won his first championship since his professional debut in 2016, received a prize money of 270,000 dollars (about 360 million won).

By Song Yong-jun, staff reporter [email protected]

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