So, the big, bad LPGAers showed up, prompting Minor League Minjee (T-70)) to curl up into a fetal position all week ... is she going to the Q-series? How did Lim lose to this player so many times? I did a search on Park's name on Naver, but didn't see an article containing any reasons or excuses for her performance. (per Google mush)
J. Song was -9, finished T-26 against the BEST players in the world .... next stop is the Monday qualifier for Pelican ... makes perfect sense to me.
Park Min Ji had some injury problem after her series of wins...maybe still feeling the effects? Her game definitely hasn't been as sharp lately. Disappointed she didn't really show up for this tournament. Jennifer Song - what is the problem? So inconsistent. Her status is falling lately too.
It's amusing that Hee Young's and Ju Young's family name is transliterated differently. The Rocket has overtaken younger sister to get into the top ten.
Hee Jeong Lim has been amazing. Imagine shooting a 67 in the first round and improving each round after that.
I think Ju Young's caddie had her name spelled 'Park' on his bib, and that's also how she was called when she was on the LPGA (yes, she was over here briefly in case you forgot), so I have no idea why the KLPGA changed it to 'Pak'.
Daaaammmn... Now that was one hell of a tournament.
Here's a suggestion: don't get Jin Young Ko angry. You wouldn't like her when she's angry (well, not if you're competing against her at any rate). Pretty much ever since Nelly took her #1 ranking, she has been on a holy mission. Not since Inbee's June run in 2013 have I seen a Korean go on a tear like this.
She arrived at the tee Sunday and within eight holes, Lim's four shot lead was gone. For a minute I thought this was going to become a laugher, but Lim kept fighting, and even took the lead back. But Jin Young didn't falter. She made a clutch birdie on 17 to tie, then won her first-ever playoff by striping a rescue to three feet. Daebak! With the win, she takes over the POY lead, reclaims the #1 spot, and gets the historic 200th Korean win to boot. Not a bad week!
Lim should be proud (and she should be over here! Go to Q-Series, Hee Jeong!); she never gave up until the end. This was her best ever performance by an order of magnitude. But it's some measure of how great Jin Young is that, even with Lim making no bogies for 73 holes, missing only a few fairways all week, and having a four-shot lead, she still was not able to beat her. Lim would have won almost any other week, but not against that onslaught. But she almost pulled it off, and I take my hat off to her.
Yeah, it smells a little like they made the course too easy again on Sunday, and as a result we had a lot of 64s and whatnot. But they also had a really tough par five and no drivable par 4s, so it wasn't quite as annoying as usual.
Credit to In Gee, although it was tragic that she lost her top three finish on the final hole. Hae Ran Ryu, A Lim and Da Yeon Lee were also great, and congrats to Ji Hyun Oh for sneaking into the top ten with a 65.
How's this for historic: check the top 10: EVERY player is from Korea or is ethnically Korean. 11 out of 11. Holy crap, I'm pretty sure that's never happened before! Like, for any country other than the US to have all 11 top spots at an official LPGA event has to be unprecedented (yeah, I know Lydia, Danielle et al aren't representing Korea, but it's still incredible).
Congrats again to Jin Young on her 11th career win. What a way to get back to #1!! Hwaiting!!
Jin Young Ko is my favorite golfer second only to So Yeon Ryu. I am glad that she got her number one ranking back. But Hee Jeong Lim did not give up. Her birdie putt on the sixteenth hole stopped an inch short of the hole. That would have given her a two shot lead going into the seventh hole. It also took an incredible shot by Jin Young to get the win.
I was thinking that a second place finish may have been best for Hee Jeong. This is only her third year and if she want to come over she should be ready. If she want to come to the LPGA one or two more years of preparation would help. Also it would look like she is playing in front of no fans over here..
Even Sung Hyun Park said in an interview recently, that learning the language is still tough on her. Also being away from her family and friends is kind of lonely. That she is always looking forward to going back home to visit.
Jin Young did move to #1, but she is only .02 points ahead of Korda, so things could shift again in the off-week.
16 (-2) Min Ji Park 32 (+3) Hae Ran Ryu 34 (+7) Hee Jeong Lim 41 (+4) In Gee Chun (ties her best ranking this year) 45 (+6) A Lim Kim 46 (-3) Hye Jin Choi (she keeps dropping...) 53 (+8) Da Yeon Lee 56 (-8) Amy Yang (whoa!) 66 (+3) Na Rin An 91 (+6) Alison Lee 104 (+5) Ji Hyun Oh