‘No. 1 in prize money’ Lee Ye-won, joint leader in KLPGA OK Financial Group Shotman Open 1R

Lee Ye-won (20, KB Financial Group), who is ranked No. 1 in prize money this season, got off to a fresh start with a joint lead on the first day of the Korea Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour OK Financial Group Shotman Open (total prize money of 800 million won) .

Yewon Lee recorded 6 under par 66 with 8 birdies and 2 bogeys in the first round of the tournament held at Club 72 Country Club메이저놀이터 Haneul Course (par 72) in Jung-gu, Incheon on the 15th.

Lee Ye-won finished the first round in a joint lead with six others, including Ha Min-song (27), Mada Som (24, Samchully), and Park Bo-gyeom (25, Angang Construction).

Yewon Lee earned her second win of the year. She won the season opener last April, the Lotte Rent-a-Car Women’s Open, and the Doosan Construction Weave Championship last month.

Lee Ye-won, who has entered the ‘top 10’ nine times, including two wins in 20 competitions this season, currently ranks first in accumulated prize money (989.38 million won). If she finishes in the top 10 in this tournament, she could become the first person on the tour to surpass 1 billion won in prize money.

Lee Ye-won, who is on the rise, continued her upward trend this day by showing off her perfect shooting sense.

Lee Ye-won, who started the match on the 10th hole, gained momentum with consecutive birdies on holes 13 to 16. Lee Ye-won, who reduced her score by one stroke on the 18th hole (par 5), also made her birdie on the 4th hole (par 3) in the second half.

He traded bogeys and birdies on holes 5 to 8 and finished the first round in good spirits.

After the game, Lee Ye-won said, “During the summer, my driving distance decreased a little, but my stamina increased a lot during the two-week break, so I played a little easier. Today, my 11m birdie putt on the 13th hole led to my first birdie, so I gained confidence and was able to play smoothly.” “I was able to do it,” he said, expressing satisfaction.

Meanwhile, behind the group tied for first place, six people, including Kim Ji-hyun (32, Daebo Engineering & Construction), followed closely behind, tied for eighth place (5 under par, 67 strokes).

Amateur Kim Min-sol (17), who is about to participate in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, tied for 21st place (3 under par, 69 strokes).

Defending champion Kim Su-ji (27, Dongbu Construction) had a somewhat slow start, tying for 65th place (even par, 72 strokes).

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