Virtually unknown rookie Hye Jung Choi 2 shot a 66 to take a one shot lead after round one.
Min Sun Kim is coming off a bad stretch of tournaments, but she was among those who shot a 68 and lurks two back. Also at that level is rookie star Gyeol Park
Three more days!
1. Hye Jung Choi 2 66 -6 2. Ye Na Chung, Su Yeon Jang 67 -5 4. Min Sun Kim 5, Min Ji Song, Seung Hyun Lee, Gyeol Park (R), Hye Rim Kim, Ju Young Park 4 68 -4
Notables: 10. Ji Na Lim, Yoon Ji Cho, Sion Lee 69 -3 21. Min Young Lee 2, Shi Hyun Ahn, Sung Hyun Park, Bo Kyung Kim 70 -2 32. Hye Youn Kim, Shin Ae Ahn, Ji Hee Kim, Jung Eun Lee 5, Ji Hyun Oh, Min Song Ha 71 -1 50. Ji Young Park (R), Jin Joo Hong, Song Yi Ahn, Jung Min Lee, Seon Woo Bae 72 Even 68. Ran Hong, Han Sul Ji (R), Char Young Kim, Chae Young Yoon 73 +1 90. Soo Jin Yang 75 +3 112. Je Yoon Yang 77 +5 117. Ju Young Park 78 +6
In the morning, two stars made a huge move up the leaderboard. Min Young Lee, just a few months removed from cancer surgery, shot a 64, while #2 on the money list Yoon Ji Cho shot a 65. They both moved to 10 under and the lead.
Meanwhile, Jung Min Lee, playing with Cho, shot a 65 to move to 7 under, three back. Lee is #3 on the money list.
Jung Min Lee & Yoon Ji Cho
Those were the main players still in the hunt by the end of the day. Will one of them capture the year's third Major? Two more days to go!
1. Min Young Lee 2 64, Yoon Ji Cho 65 -10 3. Min Ji Song 67 -9 4. Soo Yeon Jang 69, Ye Na Jung 69 -8
Notables: 6. Min Sun Kim 5 69 -7 9. Seung Hyun Lee 70 -6 12. Gyeol Park (R) 71 -5 16. Ji Na Lim 71, Shi Hyun Ahn 70, Jung Eun Lee 5 69 -4 22. Ji Young Park (R) 69, Chae Young Yoon 68, Sung Hyun Park 71 -3 35. Jin Joo Hong 70, Ji Hyun Oh 71, Hye Youn Kim 71 -2 48. Sion Lee 74, Seon Woo Bae 71, Han Sul Ji (R) 70, Ji Hee Kim 72, Song Yi Ahn 71 -1 60. Bo Kyung Kim 74, Shin Ae Ahn 73 Even
Missed Cut 67. Ran Hong 72, Min Song Ha 74 +1 77. Soo Jin Yang 71 +2 91. Je Yoon Yang 71, Char Young Kim 75 +4 110. Ju Young Park 72 +6
Round 3: Lee Retains Lead, but Leaderboard Tightens Up
Min Young Lee only shot an even par round on Saturday, but still stayed atop the leaderboard at 10 under.
However, moving into second is Jung Min Lee, who shot a 70. Also tied for second is Min Sun Kim.
Yoon Ji Cho, meanwhile, shot a 75 and plunged from the top of the leaderboard.
Gyeol Park and Shi Hyun Ahn moved to 7 under, three back.
One more day!
1. Min Young Lee 2 72 -10 2. Jung Min Lee 70, Ka Ram Choi 69, Min Sun Kim 5 70 -9 5. Soo Yeon Jang 72, Yeon Jung Seo 68 -8
Notables: 7. Gyeol Park (R) 70, Shi Hyun Ahn 69, Yoon Ji Cho 75 -7 14. Jung Eun Lee 5 71 -5 20. Bo Kyung Kim 68 -4 23. Shin Ae Ahn 69, Jin Joo Hong 71, Ji Na Lim 73, Chae Young Yoon 72 -3 33. Seon Woo Bae 71, Ji Hee Kim 71, Ji Hyun Oh 72 -2 47. Han Sul Ji (R) 73, Song Yi Ahn 73, Sung Hyun Park 75, Ji Young Park (R) 75 Even 55. Hye Youn Kim 75 +1 61. Sion Lee 76 +3
OH MY GOSH, SHARON IS IN A PLAYOFF!!! WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?!!!! I'm glad I got up an hour early just in case...
They started with four players and they're down to two, Ahn and Yeon Jeong Seo...both just stuffed their wedges close on the Par-5 18th...both made birdies, back to the tee.
This hole is too easy for a playoff...this could last forever, both just jammed it close for birdie attempts again. Wow, Shin Ae is a lot closer. Yikes, Seo just barely missed from about nine feet and Sharon just made her kick-in!!!! Not a huge crowd at #18, but if you look at a map, this location is more remote than the Moon. Kyeong Bae is having a few words with the winner...it's always great to see KB...she doesn't do all the KLPGA tourneys, I don't know why.
I take back my evil thoughts of this event being a Fake Major! I wonder if Sharon will try to move up her timetable to play the LPGA. I could really help her out on how to play the Seaview.
The ceremony is over and they're playing the long version of the Omega song...yuck!
I love the smell of beer in the morning...it smells like...victory.
Now I'm waiting for the second leg of the trifecta in Japan to start in about ten minutes. Update: phooey, they're starting with the OneAsia tour first.
Round 4: Shin Ae Ahn Storms to Shocking Come-From-Behind Win
At the start of round 4, Min Young Lee, Jung Min Lee and Min Sun Kim 5, three of the biggest names on the KLPGA, were all right in the hunt for the win.
Meanwhile, far behind them was the tour's glamour girl, Shin Ae Ahn. But Ahn has shown signs of her returning to form here and there this season, and on Sunday, she had the best round of golf she had had in several years. She shot a scintillating 5 under par 67, the best score of the day by anyone, to post an 8 under total. Ahn then had to wait more than an hour to see if one of the other former leaders could top it.
How good was Ahn's day? Only four players were under par on Sunday, and only one other shot in the 60s.
The other had their chances. At one point, Min Sun Kim was at 11 under, but struggled with three straight bogies at the turn and a crushing double on 17 and wound up shooting a 75.
Min Young Lee made a birdie on her final hole to move into a tie with Ahn and Yeun Jung Seo at the top.
Yeun Jung Seo
As regulation wound down, Jung Min Lee was the only player who could break the logjam. One over par on her day as she approached 18, she was also tied at 8 under and needed a birdie on the par 5 to win outright. But she could not manage it, and so a four-way playoff resulted.
Ahn eventually won the playoff, but it took four holes to do it. On the first hole, all four players made par, with Min Young Lee just barely missing a fifteen foot birdie try. On the second go through (all playoff holes were played on 18), Shin Ae stiffed her approach for an easy birdie, and only Seo was able to match her to extend the fun.
On the third try, both players hit great irons to a few feet to match birdies. On hole #4, Seo went first, hitting another gem to about 7 feet. Ahn followed, striping her iron to about a foot. Pressure was on Seo, who missed her birdie, giving Ahn a virtual tap in for her first win in 5 years. Ahn joins Sung Hyun Park and In Gee Chun as Major winners on tour in 2015.
You can watch the highlights here!
Congratulation to Shin Aen 'Sharon' Ahn on a phenomenal, totally unexpected victory!
1. Shin Ae Ahn 67 -8 *won in playoff 2. Min Young Lee 74, Jung Min Lee 73, Yeun Jung Seo 72 -8 5. Hye Rim Kim 72 -7
Notables: 6. Shin Hyun Ahn 73, Min Sun Kim 5 75 -6 9. Seung Hyun Lee 73 -4 13. Chae Young Yoon 72, Jin Joo Hong 72, Gyeol Park (R) 76 -3 19. Ji Hyun Oh 72, Seon Woo Bae 72, Yoon Ji Cho 77 -2 25. Jung Eun Lee 5 76, Bo Kyung Kim 75 -1 30. Han Sul Ji (R) 72, Ji Hee Kim 74 Even 40. Ji Young Park (R) 74 +2 49. Sung Hyun Park 76, Hye Youn Kim 75 +4 56. Song Yi Ahn 77 +5 63. Sion Lee 78 +9
Congratulation to Shin Ae for her Major win. She won on a course that was actually set up as a major. Not like the bought major with par fives set up like long par fours. The greens were also really tough.
Min Sun5 Kim is another story. I remember her finishing like she did in another tournament. W here she had the lead. She started three putting, and hit a ball in the water.
Maybe she should go to Q-School, Her wayward shots and long drives will fit the well, on the LPGA Tour.
Last Edit: Sept 13, 2015 16:31:12 GMT by SoYeonFan