Park Min-ji gained her sixth KLPGA title of the 2021 season on the inaugural Daebo hausD Open at Seowon Valley Country Club in Paju, Gyeonggi on Sunday.
Park has now gained six of 11 tournaments she has competed on this 12 months. There have solely been 13 KLPGA occasions thus far this season.
Park completed the primary spherical on Friday tied at second after birdying 5 holes within the first 9 and added two extra within the second half.
Seo Yeun-jung, who had began out the second spherical on Saturday tied at ninth, birdied 4 out of the primary 9 and added three extra within the second half, leaping as much as the highest of the leaderboard. Park additionally had a bogeyless spherical and stayed tied at second alongside Oh Ji-hyun.
As this match was a three-day, 54-hole occasion, Seo went into the ultimate spherical on Sunday searching for her first-ever KLPGA win. She began out robust, birdying the par-3 second and par-5 third. Despite bogeying the par-4 fifth, she held on to first with 13-under-par.
Park and Oh trailed Seo by one stroke till Park birdied the par-4 sixth, pushing Oh out and grabbing a solo second place.
But on the par-4 seventh, Park’s driver shot headed to the suitable, touchdown deep within the tough with bushes surrounding it. She pulled out her iron to put up, hitting the ball shorter to place it again on the golf green as an alternative of taking pictures straight towards the opening.
Her second shot additionally bounced off the cart street and again into the tough left of the golf green. Her third shot landed on the inexperienced, however with 4.3 yards to the opening.
Park took a giant breath and slotted within the ball, making a giant par save.
“I gained immediately as a result of I parred the seventh,” Park mentioned. “That driver shot was my worst shot of your complete match. I made a decision to do a lay up however that iron shot wasn’t good both so I believed to myself that I ought to simply play a protected par.”
The save put Park again on monitor. On the par-3 eighth, she putted from the perimeter, 7 yards from the opening, birdying to tie first with Seo.
Park began her come again, birdying the par-4 twelfth to take the highest of the leaderboard. Seo fought again, birdying the par-4 fifteenth to tie the lead again.
Park birdied whereas Seo parred the par-5 sixteenth and simply as it appeared Park would get away with the one-shot lead, she bogeyed the par-3 seventeenth as her second putt curved to the left, lacking the opening. With one gap left to play, Seo and Park have been again at a tie.
“That was my solely bogey of your complete match,” Park mentioned. “After I bogeyed, I believed that it really made the final gap extra enjoyable to play.”
And it was that confidence that led to a birdie on the ultimate par-4 18th and Park’s sixth victory of the season. Park completed the match with 16-under, 200, whereas Seo completed second with 14-under, 202.
Park has been dominating the KLPGA Tour this season, successful greater than half of the tournaments she has competed in.
Park is now trying to break Shin Ji-yai’s season document of 9 wins in a single season.
The KLPGA Tour continues with the Evercollagen Queens Crown 2021 at Lakewood Country Club in Yangju, Gyeonggi, from July 15 to 18.
BY YUN SO-HYANG [[email protected]]