“I will not be vigilant.”
Like a lie, I took a chance. It is a generous lead, but it is not vigilant as it is challenging a ground that has never been stepped on. Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) 2022 Rookie of the Year Lee Ye-won (20, KB Financial Group) is stepping up to win the first regular tour in her life.
Lee Ye-won maintained her lead even after losing two strokes in the third round of the Lotte Rent-A-Car Women’s Open (total prize money of 800 million won), the opening day of the KLPGA tour, held at the Lotte Skyhill Jeju Country Club (par 72, 6370 yards) in Seogwipo, Jeju on the 8th.
She got off to a fresh start with a birdie on the first hole (par 4), but struggled because of the wind speed of 10m/sec. She committed her bogey on hole 6 (par 4) and finished the first half with an even par. Lee Ye-won committed her second bogey by mistake on her tee shot on hole 14 (par 3), then made consecutive bogeys on holes 16 and 17, placing second in the group. It seemed to allow a chase. But on the last hole (par 5) she birdied and in good spirits she went into the final round.
With a total of 7 under par 209 strokes in the 3rd round, it is an overwhelming lead, 6 strokes (1 under par 2015 strokes) ahead of Park Ji-young (27, Korea Real Estate Trust) Jeon Ye-seong (22, Angang Construction), who is tied for second place. Due to inclement weather and strong winds throughout the three days, no player recorded under par except for the three champions. In particular, the third round was so bad that Lee Ga-young (24, NH Investment & Securities), who wrote an even par with 1 eagle, 2 birdies, 2 bogeys and 1 double bogey, was the daily best.
Lee Ye-won said, “From the beginning, it was very windy, so I only thought about playing safely. The battery training ground (Australia) is a place where the wind blows quite a bit, so I think I had the strength to overcome it to some extent.” I played as carefully and defensively as possible, but I couldn’t beat the wind. He said, “I went through a crisis because I miscalculated the wind. Still, he was good at recovering, so it’s unfortunate, but he finished well,” he laughed and hinted, “I chose a club by calculating two clubs in a windy place, and on average, one club to one and a half.”메이저사이트
Last year, when it was his debut season, his concentration was disrupted due to the strong wind, but this year, he caught the eye with his stable play from the opening game in Korea. Lee Ye-won said, “I don’t think I have grown. Last year, I missed a lot of short putts and lost points, but this year I putts well. In field training, it was helpful to focus on short game around the green and mid-distance putt training,” he said with a satisfied expression.
He won the rookie of the year, but he has no experience winning a regular tour. Looking back, he said, “There was a tournament in the championship group, and there were many cases where I was conscious of winning and collapsed on my own.” It is not easy to catch up mentally when mistakes are made. In the final round, I will focus on playing with a comfortable mind without making any mistakes, as I have done so far.”
Lee Ye-won, who said she never shed tears after winning a championship in her amateur days, laughed and said, “I’ll have to see what it will be like if I win.” It is a rare scene for a rookie king to win the championship from the opening match of the second year. Attention is focusing on Lee Ye-won’s final round, whether she can overcome both the wind and the psychological burden. A new star is imminent on the KLPGA tour.