‘I smiled in overtime’ Madasom joins KLPGA winners’ club

Madasom claimed her first career victory on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour at the OK Financial Group Women’s Open (800 million won in prize money).

Madasom carded a 3-under 69 with four birdies and a bogey in the third round on the final day of the tournament at Incheon Club 72 Country Club (Par 72/6,713 yards) on Sunday. With a three-day total of 15-under-par 201, Madasom birdied the 18th (par-5) hole in a playoff with tour rookie Soi Chung to win the $144 million first prize.먹튀검증

Madasom won twice on the second-tier Dream Tour in 2021 and was runner-up twice this year on the regular tour, but this is her first title. She finished runner-up in a playoff at the Korea Women’s Open in June and was runner-up at the Haiwon Resort Women’s Open in August. Madasom, who was a tour rookie last year, won for the first time in her 53rd regular tour event.

Madasom held a two-stroke lead before her tee shot on the 17th (par-4) hole went into the rough near a bunker and she made bogey, while Chung Soi birdied the final 18 holes to tie for the lead.

In the extended playoff, Madasom and Chung had birdie putts from similar distances, with Chung’s 2.5-meter putt going just wide left and Madasom calmly sinking her birdie putt from just under two meters away. It was the ninth first-time winner on the KLPGA Tour this year.

The previous season with the most first-time winners on the KLPGA Tour was 2017 (10). She has a chance to surpass that number in the remaining eight tournaments of the year.

Choi Yerim and Lee Ju-mi finished the tournament in a three-way tie for third place by one stroke, while amateur Kim Min-sol, a member of the Hangzhou Asian Games team, tied for fifth place with Yoo Seo-yeon at 13-under par 203. Park Bo-gyeom, the leader through two rounds, dropped one stroke on the day to finish at 12-under par 204 and tied for seventh.

Lee Ye-won, the season’s money and points leader, finished at 11-under 205 and tied for 12th with Lim Hee-jung. With a solo 11th-place finish or better, Lee would have surpassed the KRW 1 billion mark in season earnings, but she will move on to the next event at KRW 995.4 million.

Last year’s winner, Kim Soo-ji, is tied for 16th at 9-under par 207.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *