Soyoung Lee wins first KLPGA Tour season at Daeyouwinia and MBN Women’s Open

So-Young Lee hits a tee shot during the third round of the KLPGA Tour Daeyouwinia MBN Women’s Open held at Daeyu Montver Country Club in Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 14th. KLPGA tour provided

So-young Lee (25) won her first win of the season on the Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour.

Soyoung Lee left a 3-under par 69 with 4 birdies and 1 bogey in the final 3rd round of the Daeyouwinia MBN Women’s Open (total prize money 900 million won) held at Daeyu Montver Country Club (par 72) in Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 14th. Soyoung Lee finished her personal KLPGA tour by winning six of her career after an overtime game with Park Hyun-Kyung with a final total of 13 under par 203. Her winning prize is 162 million won.

Following her first win on the regular tour in 2016, Soyoung Lee has three wins in 2018 and one win in 2020. So-Young Lee, who reached the top only in even-numbered years, added another victory this year, which is also an even-numbered year. This is her first return to normal in 2 years and 3 months since the E1 Charity Open in May 2020. In May of this year, she ended up runner-up at the E1 Charity Open after overtime.

So-young Lee was in second place, one stroke behind Cho Eun-hye, who took first place until the second round. She started off the first hole (par 4) to bogey, but she has since finished 18 holes as a joint lead, winning only four birdies without a bogey. Park Hyun-kyung, who was in 5th place by three strokes until the second round, raised the ranking by driving only five birdies on that day and entered overtime.

The first overtime on the 18th hole (par 4) drew a par, but in the second overtime, Soyoung Lee successfully putts a birdie about 6m away to confirm the victory. Park Hyun-kyung aimed at her buddy from a greater distance than Lee So-young, but it was a bit short.

Park Min-ji, who took first place in the prize money, was aiming for the top of the tournament for the first time in two years, but tied for 27th with a final total of 5 under par 211.

Reporter Heo Jong-ho

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