Kim Hyo-joo (28, Lotte) made a good start toward her second consecutive victory in the tournament.
Kim Hyo-joo committed 4 bogeys in the first round of the LPGA Tour Lotte Championship (total prize money of 2 million dollars) held at Ohakalei CC (카지노par 72) in Eva Beach, Oahu Island, Hawaii on the 13th, but made 8 birdies. and shot a 4-under 68.
While Ofujo was in the middle of the game, he was tied for the lead with Hataoka Nasa (Japan) and Bailey Tardi (USA). Kim Hyo-joo has 14 wins on the KLPGA Tour and 5 wins in total on the LPGA Tour, but has never succeeded in winning a second straight tournament.
It’s like trying to defend your first title in this tournament. His performance on the first day of the tournament is also good, but considering his momentum at the beginning of this season, the possibility is very high.
Kim Hyo-joo was in the top 10 in all three competitions, including a tie for 10th in Honda LPGA Thailand, a tie for 8th at the HSBC Women’s World Championship (Singapore), and a tie for 3rd at the Dio Implant LA Open held in the US mainland. The feeling of the shot is so hot that it won a prize in the .
In an interview before the opening match, he said, “He likes to play in Hawaii, so he has some expectations for himself. He prepared well and wants to show a good performance as expected,” he said, expressing his determination to win the tournament for the second time in a row.
On this day, Kim Hyo-joo’s shot was not very good. The driver missed the fairway four times. The irons were worse than that, failing to regular-on 5 times. Nevertheless, it was the putt feeling that showed power at the decisive moment that tied for the lead in the morning group. The total number of putts Kim Hyo-joo caught that day was 26.
Among the ‘Korean Corps’ who participated in the season’s 2nd win, Kim Hyo-joo, ‘Rookie’ Hae-ran Yoo (22, Daol Financial Group) and Park Geum-gang (22) were named at the top. Both of them shot 2-under-par 70 strokes side by side to tie for 7th place (as of 9:30 a.m.). Yoo Hae-ran caught 3 birdies with 1 bogey. Park Seong-hyeon (30, Solaire), who is ‘extraordinary’, also completed the first round with a 1-under 71 stroke.
This season, the Korean Sisters of the LPGA Tour reported their first win of the season early when Ko Jin-young (28, Solaire) won the HSBC Women’s World Championship held in Singapore in March. Ko Jin-young did not participate in this tournament.