Lee Da-yeon, ‘Erasing the nightmare from 4 years ago and crying all over the place’, takes down the LPGA top ranker and makes a big comeback! ‘Total 8 wins’

Lee Da-yeon (26, Medihill) reached the top of the Korea Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour Hana Financial Group Championship (total prize money of 1.5 billion won).

Lee Da-yeon hit 3 under par 69 with 4 birdies and 1 bogey in the 4th round of the tournament held at Bears Best Cheongna (par 72) in Seo-gu, Incheon on the 24th.

Lee Da-yeon, who recorded a final total of 8 under par 280 strokes, tied with LPGA players such as Australia’s Lee Min-ji (37, Hana Financial Group), ranked 7th in the world, and Thailand’s Patty Tabatanakit, and went on to win the playoff, dramatically winning on the third hole of the playoff. occupied. Lee Da-yeon received 270 million won in prize money.

In the first extension held on the 18th hole, Tabatanakit was eliminated first with a bogey, and in the second hole, Lee Da-yeon and Lee Min-ji both failed to decide the winner with bogeys. Lee Min-ji missed a golden opportunity. She made a painful mistake by missing the par putt by less than 1 meter. 

There were mixed emotions on the third playoff hole. Lee Da-yeon produced a dramatic victory. Lee Da-yeon left a 9m downhill putt, while Lee Min-ji put it 2m next to the hole. She made a putt first and clenched her fists as she made successive successes. Then, perhaps feeling the pressure, Lee Min-ji missed a short birdie putt, confirming Lee Da-yeon’s victory. Lee Da-yeon shed tears.

As a result, Lee Da-yeon, who won the KLPGA Championship last April and achieved her 7th win and 3rd major championship, achieved her 2nd win of the season and 8th win in total in 5 months.

Lee Da-yeon received 270 million won in prize money, moving up to third place in the prize money rankings (685.08 million won).

Lee Ye-won (20, KB Financial Group), who ranked first in the prize money rankings, tied for 7th place in this tournament and became the first player to exceed 1 billion won (1.04454 billion won) in prize money this season. 스포츠토토

After winning, Lee Da-yeon expressed her excitement, saying, “Today was my first time going to overtime, so I was nervous, but I tried to have fun. I can’t believe I even won like this.”

Regarding the reason for shedding tears, she said, “In the first year of this competition (2019), I lost by 3 strokes. That had a big impact. I really wanted to win this competition, and my emotions were maximized by winning so dramatically in an extended period of time. “I think it worked,” he said.

Regarding the playoff match with LPGA players such as Patty Tabatanakit and Lee Min-ji, “In a way, she is an LPGA player, but since we all went into the overtime, I thought she was just a player playing the overtime. With Patty Tabatanakit, I played the same way in the third round. “I played and learned a lot from the strategy and play style and had a good experience,” he said.

Lee Da-yeon said, “There are still many competitions left. There is one major competition left, and I want to prepare well for the Hite Jinro Championship and show a good performance. I really want to win an individual title. I always said I was greedy, but it’s easier said than done. “I don’t think so. However, if I continue to challenge without stopping, one day I will be able to seize the opportunity,” he said with a firm determination.

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