Gonna be fascinating - Watching yesterday, seems like they were not interacting with each other much at all. Both really focused. I was wondering how friendly they are with each other...seemed to be acting like rivals more than friends. Hyun Kyung maybe has a bit more motivation, since she's been being beaten more often lately? But then Min Ji really wants a major, and to continue her domination of the league.
I'm torn as a fan - like both, although maybe I'd like to see Minji add to this amazing season.
The Winning Korean team at the 2016 Women's World Championship: Min Ji Park, Hye Jin Choi and Hyun Kyung Park. Pretty stacked team, wouldn't you say? Their winning total, 29 under, was 21 strokes better than second place Switzerland. And now they are all big stars on the KLPGA!
Hyun Kyung overshot the green on 15. Min Ji stuffed it to within 4 feet. It was a must-make par save for Hyun Kyung, and she did it, draining an eight footer for par. But now Min Ji has taken a one shot lead.
Woh, crazy par 5 16th! Min Ji missed the green slightly, HK had a 12 footer for birdie, but left it short. But then MJ MISSED a short par save. Wow, didn't see that coming, she's 87% in par saves this week. Back to a tie.
18th hole drama. Hyun Kyung hit a terrible drive and had to punch out. Min Ji hit a good drive, then a perfect iron to about four feet. I can't see Hyun Kyung pulling this one out barring a miracle. What a decisive hole for Min Ji!
[EDIT]: Hyun Kyung's third is still about ten feet away from the hole. Must-make putt coming up!
Hyun Kyung missed the par save, Min Ji made the birdie, and the win is hers again. Congrats to her, that was one amazing tournament!
Man, coming into this final hole Hyun Kyung had a great chance to walk off with the title. 9 out of ten years, her score easily wins this. She finished 8 shots ahead of third place. But this was the year when it wasn't enough.
I didn't really have a horse in this race, I'm not a big fan of either lady, but as this week went on I really grew to admire Hyun Kyung's moxie as the one player who was able to stand up to Min Ji. I wonder how much losing twice to Min Ji on the final hole is going to mess with her mind? I hope she realizes that she did something really special herself this week, and will take that confidence into the remainder of the season!
1 Min Ji Park -17 68-69-64-70 271 2 Hyun Kyung Park -15 69-68-65-71 273 3 Jung Min Lee -7 70-71-67-73 281 T4 Hee Jeong Lim -4 71-69-73-71 284 - You Min Hwang (A) -4 72-67-72-73 284 T6 Su Ji Kim -2 71-73-72-70 286 - Ha Na Jang -2 68-72-71-75 286 T8 Ji Yeong Kim -1 69-75-70-73 287 - Ye Rim Choi -1 67-71-75-74 287 10 Yoon Ji Jung Even 68-72-76-72 288
Notables: T11 Na Rin An +1 69-74-74-72 289 - Ga Young Lee +1 66-74-75-74 289 T13 Ji Young Park +2 70-77-71-72 290 - Jin Seon Han +2 72-75-67-76 290 - Hye Jin Choi +2 73-71-70-76 290 T18 Ji Hyun Oh +3 73-71-75-72 291 - Song Yi Ahn +3 74-71-73-73 291 T22 So Hyun Bae +4 73-73-72-74 292 T24 Hae Ran Ryu +5 69-75-77-72 293 - Ga Eun Song (R) +5 71-76-72-74 293 T27 Han Sol Ji +6 73-72-75-74 294 - Sehee Lee (R) +6 73-75-71-75 294 T31 Se Lin Hyun +7 70-74-72-79 295 T40 So Young Lee +10 79-70-73-76 298 - Gyeol Park +10 78-71-70-79 298 T45 Se Ro Mi Kim +11 70-73-75-81 299 T50 Ayean Cho +12 72-75-74-79 300
Congratulation to Min Ji Park for her fifth win this year. She started slow with two early bogeys, but was solid the rest of the way.
Not a fan of Hyun Kyung Park, but my hat off to her for a great Tournament also.
Hee Jeong Lim played good after one birdie and three bogeys the first five holes. A top four in a Major is great, but she needs to start competing more. Her skill set is good enough where she should do better than an occasional top five or ten.
Kudos, to Jung Min Lee for keeping her third place position. She is starting to play better of late.