“I want to defend the title and dance the hula better.”
Hyo-Joo Kim (28), the 9th in the women’s golf world, won the Lotte Championship (total prize money of 2 million dollars) of the US Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour held at Ohakalei CC (par 72) in Eva Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, USA for four days from the 13th. challenge for the first title defense in his life. Kim Hyo-joo has won 14 victories on the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour and has won 5 victories in the US, but she has never won a second consecutive tournament.
After taking the lead from her second round last year, Hyo-joo Kim shot her total of 11-under-par 277, beating Hinako Shibuno (Japan) by two strokes to claim her first championship at a tournament hosted by her sponsor Lotte. Kim Hyo-joo, who shyly followed the hula dance ceremony with the natives prior to the awards ceremony, said at a press conference for the 2022 KLPGA Championship, where she returned to Korea immediately after her victory and competed, “Was that dance so awkward? I have a lot of complaints from people around me, but I am good at dancing,” she said. “Next year, I will successfully defend my title and dance better.”
Kim Hyo-joo is showing her good condition in the 2023 season. Her first outing was her third consecutive top-10 finish, with a tie for 10th at the Honda LPGA Thailand and a tie for 8th at the HSBC Women’s World Championship (Singapore), followed by a tie for 3rd at the Dio Implant LA Open in the US mainland.
In an official interview on the 11th, Kim Hyo-joo, who plays with Brook Henderson (Canada), the winner of 2018 and 2019, and Alison Corpers (USA), a rookie in the second year, said in an official interview on the 11th, “Many people are hoping for a championship. I will do my best to live up to the expectations of those around me.” 스포츠토토
16 Korean players will participate in this event sponsored by a Korean company and held from Wednesday to Saturday local time. Jeon In-ji (#11 in the world), who withdrew from the LA Open, and newcomer Yu Hae-ran, and Lotte members Choi Hye-jin and Hwang Yoo-min will compete for the title.
Lydia Ko (New Zealand), Nellie Korda (USA), Jinyoung Ko, Ataya Titikkun (Thailand), and Minjee Lee (Australia) are absent in preparation for next week’s major tournament Chevron Championship, while LA Championship winner Celine Boutier (France), World 10th place Georgia Hall (England) and 13th place Hataoka Nasa (Japan) are expected to compete for the championship.
Choi Hye-jin, runner-up in the Rookie of the Year award last year, who is aiming for her first win in her debut, said at her press conference, “I have good memories in Hawaii and I am looking forward to it because I have accumulated a lot of experience.” Jeon In-ji talked about Hawaiian food and culture, and when asked, “Will we be able to see the hula dance on Sunday?”