Yesterday, Kim A-lim (28, Hanwha Q Cells) shone, but today’s protagonist, Yang Hee-young (34, Woori Financial Group) stood out the most. The first ‘major queen’ in her career is right in front of her eyes.
Yang Hee-young made a birdie in the 3rd round of the 2023 LPGA Tour’s first major tournament Chevron Championship (total prize money of $5.1 million) held at The Club Carlton Woods (par 72, 6824 yards) in Woodlands, Texas, on the 23rd (Korean time). He shot a 7-under-par 65 with eight bogeys.
Yang Hee-young, who recorded an interim total of 9 under par and 207 strokes, was tied for 25th the previous day, but with the buddy show on the day, she rose vertically to a tie for 3rd place. She reduced each side by 5 strokes and tied for the lead with a median total of 10 under par 206 strokes, and the gap with Allison Kofuz and Angelin (above USA) is only one stroke.
Hee-Young Yang is on her way to the top of her 5th LPGA career and her first major tournament. She had several top 10 finishes, including a runner-up at the 2012 US Open, but never managed to win.
Yang Hee-young, who started the game on the 1st hole, rode a terrifying uptrend by making birdies on the 3rd and 4th holes and the 7th and 9th holes in the first half. He slowed down by bogeying the 11th hole (par 4), but with consecutive birdies on the 13th and 14th holes, he reduced another stroke again, and also caught a birdie on the last hole 18 (par 5) and finished the 3rd round in a good mood.
It was an impeccable performance. He held the fairway on 9 of 14 tee shots with an average driver distance of 275 yards and a 77.8% (14/18) green hit rate. He also boasted excellent touch in the short game with 25 putts.
Yang Hee-young, who finished the game, said, “I feel the shot feels good whenever the score is low. The shot feels good, I didn’t miss the fairway too much, and I was able to get a good score by sticking close to the pin.” It’s difficult. It seems that such difficulties allow me to focus more. And I enjoy and like those difficulties.”
In addition to Yang Hee-young, Korean players performed well. Kim A-rim, who ranked first the day before, Hyo-joo Kim (28), and Hye-jin Choi (24, Lotte) are also tied for 6th place with 8 under par and 208 strokes.
Choi Hye-jin said after the match, “Today was a satisfactory day overall.” “Especially, the putting feeling was very good, and it was a round where I wanted to keep it well until tomorrow.”
“I don’t think the majors are easy, but I think I got the feeling that I did better in the majors. That’s why I became more confident and wanted to do better,” he said. “Rather than being nervous, I think I can do well tomorrow. I worry about that. , I need a sense of tension, and thanks to that, I think I get good results during matches. I think I just have to believe and enjoy it.”
If a Korean player lifts the championship trophy in this tournament, it will be the 7th Korean player to win the Chevron Championship. In addition, as a Korean player, he will become the 20th major champion. The total number of major championships won by Korean players is 36. 먹튀검증
Ji Eun-hee is tied for 13th with a 5-under par, and Ko Jin-young and Jeon In-ji are tied for 18th with a 3-under par. Choi Woon-jung is tied for 36th with an even par.
Jeon In-ji recorded a hole-in-one on the 17th hole (par 3), which required a donation of 1 million dollars. Tournament sponsor Chevron is contributing $1 million to the Houston Area Youth Golf Development Fund.
Jeon In-ji, who made her first hole-in-one on the LPGA Tour, said, “If a Korean player lifts the trophy this time, she will become the 7th Korean player to win the Chevron Championship. In addition, she will become the 20th major Korean player to win the major championship.” The number of victories has been 36.
Ji Eun-hee is tied for 13th with 5 under par, Ko Jin-young and Jeon In-ji are tied for 18th with 3 under par, and Choi Woon-jung is tied for 36 with even par
. Accordingly, Chevron, the sponsor of the tournament, donated $1 million to the youth golf development fund in the Houston area.Inji
Jeon recorded her first hole-in-one on the LPGA Tour. I think it’s the most meaningful hole-in-one in my life that will make me happier.”