Star players Lim Hee-jung (23) and Lee So-mi (24), who have faced the toughest season of their careers so far in 2023, will compete for the title of inaugural champion of the newest event on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour.
Lim carded three birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey for a 2-over-par 74 in the third round of the Sangsangin-Korea Economic TV Open ($1.2 billion in prize money) at the par-72, 6,606-yard Mulgil and Flowergil Course at Lakewood Country Club in Yangju, Gyeonggi-do, on Sept. 21.
After posting back-to-back ‘Daily Best’ scores in the first and second rounds, Lim totaled a 10-under-par 206 for the day to remain in sole possession of first place for the third consecutive day and take a step closer to a wire-to-wire victory.
However, the chasers, who capitalized on Lim’s third-round slump, closed in hard.
Playing in the final group with Lim and Min Byul Kim, the South Korean carded four birdies and one bogey for a 3-under 69.
Her even-par 69 over the three days gave her a total of 9-under 207, closing the gap to just one stroke over Lim, who was six strokes off the pace the day before.굿모닝토토 주소
Both players will be looking for their sixth career victory this week.
Lim claimed her fifth KLPGA Tour title when she won the 36th Korean Women’s Open on June 19 last year. Lee picked up her second win of the season last year at the SK networks-Seoul Ladies Classic on Oct. 30 and the ETS Oil Championship on Nov. 6, giving her five career victories on the KLPGA Tour.
Lim was disappointed with her overall play in the third round. She made a three-putt bogey from just over 10 meters above the green on the second (par-4), and bounced back with a 7.3-meter birdie putt on the fourth (par-5).
However, her second and third shots on the fifth (par-4) were short, resulting in a bogey, and she dropped two shots in a row on the sixth (par-3) after falling into a bunker around the green.
While Lim dropped three strokes, Lee holed her first birdie from 2.4 meters at the third (par-3) and then added a birdie at the seventh (par-5) for a two-under.
In the second half, they each added two birdies and a bogey to cut the deficit to one stroke, with Lim holing a 9.8-meter birdie putt at the 10th (par-4) and Lee holing a birdie to within 0.4 meters at the 14th (par-4) after a precise approach shot.