Minjee Park, seeking third straight title, shares 1R lead at KLPGA Tour’s Celltrion Queens Masters

Park Min-ji has revealed her chances of winning the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour’s Celltrion Queens Masters (1.2 billion won in total prize money) for the third consecutive year.

Park carded five birdies and no bogeys for a 5-under 67 on the first day of the tournament at the par-72, 6,678-yard Seolhaewon The Legend Course in Yangyang, Gangwon Province, on Monday.

Park, who finished the first day tied for the lead, snapped a three-tournament losing streak that began in 2021 and 2022.

Only four players on the KLPGA Tour have won three consecutive tournaments in a single event: the late former KLPGA President Koo Ok-hee (1982), Park Se-ri (1997), Kang Soo-yeon (2002) and Kim Hae-rim (2018).

“Today, rather than thinking about my performance, I only thought about how to hit each shot so that I wouldn’t regret it,” said Park Min-ji, who has won six titles in the last two years to become the second consecutive money winner, in a post-match interview.

“I want to do well in Korea and gain confidence before I go to the US Women’s Open,” she said, adding, “I hope I can play the remaining two or three rounds like I did today.” 토토사이트

In addition to Park, who will attempt to become the first player to win three consecutive KLPGA Tour single events in five years after Kim Hae-rim in 2018, six other players – Hwang Yoo-min, Kim Hee-ji, Lee Ye-won, Park Joo-young and Lee Seung-yeon – are tied for first place, setting up a fierce battle for the title.

There were also five players in a tie for seventh place, including Lee Jung-min, Kim Soo-ji, Park Ji-young, Lee So-mi, and Kim Seo-yoon, making 11 players within one shot of the lead.

KLPGA Tour “Super Rookie” Bang Shin-shil, who won the E1 Charity Open in late May, carded five birdies and three bogeys to finish two strokes back and tied for 15th.

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