The tour’s money leader, Ye Won Lee, has a chance to win her third title of the season.
Lee shot a 6-under-par 66 with eight birdies and two bogeys in the first round of the OK Financial Group Eatman Open (total prize money of 800 million won) on Friday at the Club 72 Sky Course (par-72, 6,713 yards) in Jung-gu, Incheon, to take a share of the lead.
Lee opened up the possibility of winning her third regular tour title after the Lotte Rent-a-Car Women’s Open in April and the Doosan E&C Weave Championship last month.
Lee, who currently leads the season’s money list with $983.38 million, is on track to surpass the one-billion-dollar mark at the tournament.
Lee is also a former OK Golf Scholar, a golf scholarship program of the OK Financial Group affiliates.
After starting the day on the 10th hole, Lee picked up momentum with five birdies in the first half, including consecutive birdies on the 13th through 16th holes.
He had his ups and downs on the back nine, including his first bogey on the fifth (par-4) when his approach shot hit a sprinkler and bounced away, but he managed to stay on top of the leaderboard.
“I lost about five yards from the start of the season as it got hotter, but after the two-week break, I’ve regained a lot of fitness and am playing a little easier,” Lee said, “I felt good today and was able to save a lot of shots.”
“I wasn’t the first to win two, so I wasn’t too disappointed when Park won three,” he said, adding, “There are still a lot of tournaments left, so I think I just need to win the rest of them.”
Moon Jung-min, who won the KLPGA’s second Dream Tour event two days earlier, carded six birdies without a bogey to share the lead.
Moon, who plays on both the KLPGA Tour and the Dream Tour, has two wins on the secondary tour but no wins on the regular tour.
“Coming off a win on the Dream Tour, I had a good feel for the game. Last season, I was very impatient and had a tough season, but after winning, 카지노사이트 I thought I could do well,” he said, adding, “I will continue to do the same for the remaining rounds.”
Choi, Madasom, Kim Woo-jung, Ha Min-song, and Park Bo-gyeom were the only other seven players on the leaderboard, while six others, including Kim Ji-hyun, were one shot back in a tie for eighth (5-under 67).
Park Hyun-kyung and Kim Hae-rim are tied for 14th (4-under 68), while amateur Kim Min-sol, who is competing in the Hangzhou Asian Games, is tied for 21st (3-under 69).
Lee Jung-eun, who plays on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour, finished tied for 25th with Hwang Yoo-min and Lim Hee-jung at 2-under 70, while defending champion Kim Soo-ji was tied for 65th (even-par 72) and Yoo So-yeon was tied for 88th (1-over 73).
Park, who won the KB Financial Star Championship last week for her third victory of the season, and Park Min-ji, the money winner for the past two years, were absent from the tournament. 슬롯