This time as the eldest sister… Jeon In-gee, for the first time in history, challenges to win the Hanwha International Crown for the second consecutive time
Korea will challenge for the second consecutive championship at the Hanwha Life Plus International Crown (total prize money of 2 million dollars), a national women’s golf competition. Jeon In-ji (29‧ KB Financial Group) represents Korea for the third consecutive time and aims for the first two consecutive titles in the history of the tournament.
The tournament will be held at TPC Harding Park (par 72) in San Francisco, California, USA for four days from the 4th (local time).
Korea, which has a team of Jeon In-ji, Ko Jin-young (28‧ Solaire), Kim Hyo-joo (28) Choi Hye-jin (24‧ or more Lotte), has been playing for the first time in 5 years in the aftermath of the new coronavirus infection (Corona 19) since the 2018 Incheon Games. Aiming for the first two consecutive championships in the competition.
In Korea, Jeon In-ji, Park Seong-hyeon (30, Solaire), Ryu So-yeon (33, Mediheal), and Kim In-kyung (35, Hanwha Q Cells) formed a team in this competition five years ago and reached the top. Jeon In-ji, who competed as her youngest at the time, is now her eldest sister, leading her teammates and aiming for the championship trophy once again.
In 2018, participation in the competition seemed to be canceled. Based on the world rankings, only 8 countries can participate in this competition. Even in participating countries, only the top four players in the world rankings are given the opportunity to participate.
At that time, Jeon In-ji was not listed among the top 4 players in Korea. In the second ranking, Choi Hye-jin and Ko Jin-young fell behind, but Park In-bi (35‧ KB Financial Group), Choi Hye-jin, and Ko Jin-young refused to participate and were qualified to participate.
Jeon In-ji, who participated in the tournament with difficulty, won all four games and made a great contribution to Korea’s first championship in the tournament. It was a dramatic twist.
This year, Jeon In-gee secured qualifications without any difficulties. She ranked 11th in the women’s golf world rankings announced on the 4th of last month, and she earned the right to participate, boasting the third highest ranking among Korean players.
Jeon Ji-eun suffered from back pain at the beginning of this season, but she made an early decision to participate in the tournament and is showing a strong will for her third consecutive appearance.
She will be the first Korean to win two consecutive titles since the start of the tournament in 2014, if she tops Korea. Spain won the first competition, and the United States won the second competition in 2016. Korea placed 3rd in the first tournament, followed by a runner-up, then won the 3rd tournament.
She will be named as the first player to experience two consecutive victories in the history of her event, if Korea also rises to the top in the 4th tournament.
She said that in order for Korea to win, she must surpass the United States. The U.S. team consisted of world No. 1 Nellie Corda, Lexi Thompson, Lilia Boo and Danielle Kang. Excluding Daniel Kang, three players are so strong that they are ranked in the top 10 in the world.
The format of the competition is different for group stage and tournament. In the group stage, two players play with their own balls, and the winner is determined by the four-ball method, in which the better score for each hole is calculated as the team performance. In the group stage, two four-ball matches are played, with 1 point awarded for a win, 0.5 points for a draw and 0 points for a loss.
The semifinals, finals, and 3rd and 4th place matches will consist of one foursome match and two single matchplay matches, in which two players from the same team alternate one ball to achieve good results. In the tournament, the first team to score 2 points wins.ㅋㅋㅋ벳
Korea, which is in a group with Australia, Thailand and Japan, will face Australia on the 4th, Thailand on the 5th, and Japan on the 6th.