Kim Hyo-joo (28), who is aiming for a second consecutive victory in the Lotte Championship, broke through the strong winds in Hawaii and started at the top안전놀이터.
Kim Hyo-joo made 8 birdies and 4 bogeys in the first round of the LPGA Tour Lotte Championship (total prize money of 2 million dollars) held at Hoakalay CC (par 72, 6303 yards) in Eva Beach, Oahu, Hawaii on the 13th. He shot a 4-under-par 68 and was tied for third place, two strokes behind the leader. Rookie Natakrita Wongtawirap (Thailand) and 2nd year rookie Frida Sinert (Sweden, 6 under par 66 strokes) jointly led the lead, and Sung Yu-jin of the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour and Hataoka Nasa (Japan, ranked 13th in the world) ), and newcomer Bailey Tardy (USA) tied for third place with Kim Hyo-joo.
Kim Hyo-joo, who is aiming to defend the title and add more wins in a year after winning her 5th tour career in this tournament last year, reduced 4 strokes with 6 birdies and 2 bogeys in the first 9 holes, but in the afternoon local time, the wind started to blow strongly 2 birdies and 2 bogeys were recorded in the second half of the 9 holes. After starting with a bogey on the 10th hole (par 4), Kim Hyo-joo made up for it with a birdie on the 11th hole (par 5), and made three consecutive birdies from the 13th hole (par 4) on an upward trend. Hyo-joo Kim, who rebounded with consecutive birdies on holes 17 (par 4) and 18 (par 5) after bogey on hole 16 (par 4), reduced it to 5 strokes with a birdie on hole 2 (par 4) in the second half, but made consecutive bogies on holes 4 and 5 With a birdie on the 6th hole, I was satisfied with a 4 under par on the first day.
In the strong wind, he struggled with a driver shot fairway landing rate of 71.4% (10/14) and an iron shot green hit rate of 72.2% (13/18), but 26 putts were brilliant.
Kim Hyo-joo said, “I made a bogey on the first hole and thought I had to get my head right. There was almost no wind in the first 9 holes, but in the afternoon it was really windy so I tried to hit as low as possible,” he said. He added, “Tomorrow, we will be playing in the afternoon group, and it is expected that there will be a lot of wind, so we will have to choose the club carefully.”
Seong Yu-jin, who earned the right to participate in the tournament by winning the KLPGA Tour Lotte Open last year, hit a 4-under 68 with 5 birdies and 1 bogey to take the lead. KLPGA rookie Hwang Yoo-min, LPGA rookie Yu Hae-ran, and Park Geum-gang, who competed at the recommendation of a sponsor, tied for 11th place with a 2 under par 70. Park Seong-hyun tied for 21st with 2018 and 2019 champion Brook Henderson (Canada) with 1 under par 71 strokes.