For the second week running on the KLPGA Tour, the 71st hole provided the decisive moment of the tournament. Last week, Hae Rym Kim holed out for eagle, on the par 4 17th, to help her win by one shot. This week, Ji Yeong Kim chipped in for birdie on the par 5 17th to give her a two stroke lead on the 18th tee – which was reduced to one after she bogeyed the last.
Even though Kim was in the final group, there was a brief moment after she rolled in her final putt, in which she was unsure if she had actually won. It didn’t take long for her to be covered in flower petals and water to confirm her victory; the traditional celebration after every KLPGA tournament…
Kim enjoyed a very successful 2016, accumulating approximately $300,000, but without winning. The 21 year old did pick up two seconds, a fourth, fifth and sixth place finish last season, so this week’s victory is certainly not a surprising one and is well deserved.
This was Kim’s first top ten in 2017, in her seventh tournament- not a bad way to break the duck! She will now go to next week’s Matchplay as one of the favourites, not just based on this win, but she also took fifth spot at the matchplay last year.
One shot behind Kim was trio – Ji Hyun Kim, Ji Hyun Lee and Char Young Kim (pictured above), with all three being right in contention until the Kim’s chip in birdie on 17.
Mirim Lee (sponsored by NH Investment) performed best of the LPGA invitees as she birdied the last hole to finish T-7th on -8. Hyo Joo Kim (T-31st, -2) was out of contention for the three days, while Alison Lee missed the cut.
Large crowds were out in force over the weekend, with Sundays beautiful sunshine being the perfect response to a weather interrupted Saturday, that forced a halt to play for 90 minutes.
Next week, Inbee Park will play her first event in Korea since last year, at the Matchplay event at Ladena CC. Ji Hyun Kim, who was second this week, lost the final last year to Sung Hyun Park. That is guaranteed not to happen this year…
* Photos credited to KLPGA website: Klpga.com
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