Will Park Hyun-kyung surpass Kim Hyo-joo to win 3 consecutive KLPGA Championships?

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Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour The KLPGA Championship and Korea Women’s Open, a national title event, were established in 1974 side by side and have the longest history among domestic women’s professional golf tournaments. Among them, in the KLPGA Championship, there was no player who succeeded in winning the second consecutive championship since Ok-Hee Koo won three consecutive years from 1980 to 1982. She has established herself as the ‘major queen’ of the KLPGA tour.

Park Hyun-kyung competes in the Chris F&C KLPGA Championship (total prize money of 1.2 billion won), which opens at Ildong Lake Golf Club (par 72) in Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do on the 28th and challenges her senior Ok-hee Koo’s record of three consecutive losses. It is a very rare record to win three consecutive championships in a single tournament on the KLPGA tour, with only four people achieving it: Ok-hee Koo, Se-ri Park (45), Su-yeon Kang (46), and Hae-rim Kim (33).

Park Hyun-kyung had the best results in 5th place in the Mediheal Hankook Ilbo Championship among the three competitions he participated in this season, while the rest were 47th and 22nd. Although her top 10 entry was limited to just one, her main weapon, the putt sense, is coming to life. Park Hyeon-kyung resembles ‘golf empress’ Park In-bee (34, KB Financial Group), and putts that look like a ruler are excellent. Park Hyun-kyung, who averaged 30.24 putts per round (18th) in her debut season, finished first with 29.45 last year. This year she is at 29.58 (12th place). Park Hyun-kyung said, “It was her first championship, and she defended her title last year, and it became a really meaningful competition. She will focus on raising her condition and feeling of shot to 100% rather than recording,” she said of her ambition.

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But the competitors are not formidable. In particular, as it is the most prestigious tournament, a fierce competition for the championship is expected as many players from the LPGA Tour will participate. Kim Hyo-joo (27, Lotte) took the lead in overseas sales. He has a sense of shot so hot that he achieved five career victories at the Lotte Championship on the LPGA Tour on the 17th. Most of all, Kim Hyo-joo shines when she only competes in domestic competitions. He swept four wins on the KLPGA Tour in the last two years, and won the prize money in 2020. Kim Hyo-joo did not hide her desire to win, saying, “I have not won the KLPGA Championship yet. In addition, Lee Jung-eun (26, Daebang Construction) and Kim A-rim (27, SBI Savings Bank), who are active in the LPGA, also joined, making Korean players very nervous.

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Yoo Hae-ran (21, Daol Financial Group), who takes first place in the KLPGA Tour prize money and grand prize points, is challenging for the first major championship in her life and for two weeks in a row. Yoo Hae-ran has been on a terrifying upward trend to the point that he has never fallen below fourth place, including winning, in the three competitions he participated in in April. Yoo Hae-ran said, “This year’s goal is to win a major tournament,” he said.



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