‘Queen of Autumn’ Kim Su-ji will defend her title at the Hana Financial Group Championship.
Suji Kim will participate in the Hana Financial Group Championship held at Bears Best Cheongna (par 72) in Incheon for four days starting on the 21st. The Hana Financial Group Championship is a regular tournament of the KLPGA Tour and is part of the Ladies Asian Tour hosted by the Asia Golf Leaders Forum.
The total prize money is 1.5 billion won. The largest prize money is at stake after the Hanwha Classic held last month (total prize money of 1.7 billion won).
Kim Soo-ji, nicknamed the Autumn Queen after achieving all five of her career wins after Cheoseo, will attempt to win the title for the second consecutive year. Kim Su-ji won her first career win at the KG Edaily Ladies Open in September 2021. She reached the top of her major competition, the Hite Jinro Championship, in October.
Last year, she also won the OK Financial Group Se-ri Pak Invitational and the Hana Financial Group Championship for two consecutive weeks in September and early October. This year, she lifted the trophy at the Hanwha Classic, a major tournament that ended on the 27th of last month.
메이저사이트Kim Su-ji expressed confidence, saying, “After winning my first win of the season, I have a good feel for the shot and putt overall. Since I won this tournament last year, I know the course well and can target it well. It matches my pitch well.” At the same time, Kim Soo-ji expressed her determination, saying, “I will do my best to successfully defend the title.”
Lee Ye-won, who placed second after Kim Soo-ji in this competition last year, will challenge for the championship again. Lee Ye-won is recording a cumulative prize money of 999.54 million won this season. Just by passing the cut in this competition, he will become the first player to exceed 1 billion won in prize money for the season.
Lee Ye-won has participated in 21 competitions this season and has not missed the cut even once. She finished in the top 10 nine times, nearly half of the competition she competed in. Thanks to her consistent performance, she is at the forefront of prize money and grand prize points.
Yewon Lee said, “Last year, I finished runner-up with a shot eagle on the 18th hole in the final round of this tournament. It’s a course I have good memories of.” She added, “I’m in good condition, so I think I can expect good results if I just pay a little more attention to the putt. I’ll be in the top 3.” “I will work hard in the game with the goal of lifting,” he said.
Park Ji-young, who is having her best season this year with 3 wins in her 9th year since debut on the KLPGA Tour, is also approaching 1 billion won in prize money for the season. Ji-young Park, who currently has 923.13 million won in season prize money, did not play in last week’s OK Financial Group Shotman Open and has been stocking up on her stamina. If she finishes in the top three in this tournament, she could surpass 1 billion won in prize money for the season for the first time in her tour debut.
Mada Som, who won her first title in a close overtime match at the OK Financial Group Shotman Open last week, is looking to keep her momentum going and win for the second week in a row. Madasom said, “I gained confidence after winning. Bears Best Cheongna is a course I personally like. I will continue the good trend of winning last week and achieve good results this week.”
Korean players Lydia Ko and Lee Min-ji, who are sponsored by Hana Financial Group, will participate in this tournament. Lee Min-ji won the LPGA Tour Kroger Queen City Championship, which ended in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA earlier this month.
Lydia Go has not entered the top 10 since tying for 6th place at Honda Thailand in February. However, she was strong in Korea, finishing 5th in this tournament in 2021 and reaching the top of the LPGA Tour BMW Ladies Championship last year.
Choi Hye-jin, winner of the KLPGA Tour Lotte Open held at Bears Best Cheongna last June, will also try to win again by keeping her good memories alive.