For those who don't follow the KLPGA around here and want more info about the KLPGA players, check out my primer from the start of the season. It has more details about Chun, Baek and Heo in particular:
I was hopeful this was going to be a big tournament for Se Ri and perhaps be springboard for the future. I guess she ran out of gas. I was going to suggest she play regularly on the KLPGA to get her confidence back. However, these gals are as good as the LPGA, so she might as well gut it out on the LPGA until she can figure out what's wrong. Maybe next week.
Congrats to Baek! The Asian reign of terror continues. That was some entertaining golf this evening.
I was expecting the playoff to last 3 holes....disappointed Chun sprayed her approach and once Bam Bam hit her putt I thought she shoved it.
I'm not sure if automatic LPGA membership last 2 years. There is a requirement for KLPGA pros to stay for 2 years before she ventures elsewhere.....I wonder if the KLPGA will allow Baek to leave if she desires a 2015 LPGA membership.
Nice to see Baek and Chun as "playa's".....Titleist & Ping sticks with Graphic Design driver shafts.
Great for Baek. It's always great to see a KLPGA pro win this event and potentially move on to the LPGA Tour. Still, I was really rooting for Inbee. She came one birdie short of becoming the number one player in the world on the week of her wedding. Would have been storybook. Neither Lewis nor Park are playing next week, so we'll have to wait for Queen Bee to retake the mantle.
Se Ri should shut it down for the rest of the season. No reason to play the rest of these events if she can't even finish four rounds of her home tournament.
Baek was asked after the tournament if she would take up membership. If anything, she might be looking to mimmick Hyo Joo Kim, a good friend of hers, and play both tours next season.
Congrats to Kyu Jung Baek! What an exciting finish to this tournament!
I'll admit that I was rooting for In Gee and Inbee over Baek, even though Baek is another of my favorite players. My storybook finish would have had Chun winning with Inbee finishing second and returning to #1. And for a while, it looked like that might happen. That approach In Gee hit in the playoff was *thisclose* to being perfect, which would have given her a putt not unlike the ones Baek and Lincicome had. Nonetheless, it was a FANTASTIC week for her, and she played uber-brilliantly on Sunday. 66 and you lose because you just miss a putt for 65? Not much more you can expect than that. And she held her head high even in defeat, smiled a lot, and doubtless added a lot of new fans to the Flying Dumbo Fan Club. In Gee Fighting!!!!
(oh, and how cool was it that the first player to soak Baek was In Gee? I don't think I've ever seen a loser in a playoff do that to the winner before).
One reason I favored In Gee over Baek is that, at 20, she is slightly more ready to come to America than Kyu Jung might be. At barely 19, is Baek the youngest Korean to ever win on the LPGA? Definitely younger than Hyo Joo was; Shi Hyun Ahn and Jee Young Lee were also both 19 when they won the CJ 9 Bridges, but the exact number of days I don't know. Inbee was 19 going on 20 when she won the 2008 US Women's Open.
As bummed as I am about Chun I'm ecstatic about Kyu Jung. The KLPGA has had an amazing season this year, and those girls flat out kicked tail this week. As a big KLPGA fan, it was glorious to watch. And Baek's arc was very dramatic. Seemingly out of it at the turn, she rattled off five straight birdies to climb to 10 under, then missed a putt to win on 18 that seemed to completely shatter her. Unlike In Gee, who took her miss in stride, Baek looked like she was going to cry. But somehow she sucked it up, and 30 minutes later sank the putt to win. In her FIRST EVER LPGA event.
This is her fourth win of the year. Baek is without question a superstar in the making, but I feel a bit sorry for the KLPGA if they lose both Baek AND Hyo Joo next year. I somewhat hope Baek does what Kim is planning and splits her time.
Then there was Inbee. One more putt and she would have been in the playoff and been assured a return to #1. Alas, not to be, but she'll get back there yet. And you can't say it was a bad week for her, can you?
Props also go to Hyo Joo Kim for rallying to 7th, So Yeon for finishing just outside the top ten, and Minjee Lee for the round of the week, a 64, when it frankly didn't count for much but still must have been gratifying.
Oh, and congrats to the KLPGA for a 1-2 finish. Their first win at this tournament since 2006, and we saw great weeks not only from Kim, Chun and Baek but also Yoon Kyung Heo, Sul Ah Yoon, Jung Min Lee, and Hee Kyung Bae.
Contatulations again to Kyu Jung Baek! HWAITING!!!!!!
....I actually wouldn't mind seeing Karine Icher win this thing. Yes, generally, I would like to see a Korean win the event in Korea, but Icher has been knocking on the door way too many times. Just once I'd like to see her hoist a trophy.
No hate...actually I feel sorry for you. Huh...WTF......if you're going to root for a Euro...why not chose a Euro hottie like Belen Mozo to win her 1st event or Azahara, Recari or Sandra LEGS Gal.
I've generally appreciate you posts...but Icher?.....lol.
Happy That shot by Chun wasn't even close...from maybe 75 yards....she fanned her shot 5-7 yards short.....look at how far away her point of entry drop was. She likely thought she needed to spin an approach high and just didn't stay in the shot with enough speed.
I was rooting for Chun to win the playoff too. Good thing Bam Bam missed her putt or you'd be toting a box of Kleenex today....lol. The Seahawks don't look great early on in St. Louis either. Hmmmm...Percy Harvin traded to the Jets....supposedly a locker room parasite and they need to make room in the salary cap for Russell Wilson's 2015 contract.
WOW! Congratulation to Kyu Yung Baek for a great win. Congratulation, also to Ingee, Brittany, Inbee, Catriona, among others for making this a very enjoyable finish. So Yeon had a good finish after the four over first round. Her putting still needs improvement. She had 124 total putts, compared to Kyu Jung 102 total putts. I noticed that Inbee changed back to her old putter.