Who would have expected to encounter such bad weather in May in Busan, which is good for golfing even in winter?
안전놀이터 The Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour Kyochon 1991 Ladies Open, which ended on the 7th at Asiad Country Club (par 72) in Busan, was crippled by heavy rain and strong winds. It was the worst weather so that as many as 13 people withdrew.
Rain and wind bring good luck to some, but it also provides seeds of misfortune to others. Depending on the departure time, you may be lucky or you may be unlucky. If you depend more on luck than skill, it is inevitable that something unexpected will happen. Park Bo-gyeom (25) received the energy of his first hole-in-one and tasted the thrill of winning his first championship in his 60th tournament. It would not be wrong to say that it was the luck brought by the rain and wind in Busan.
In addition, Park Hyeon-kyung, who broke the record of ‘passing consecutive cuts’ that lasted for nearly two years due to this tournament, can say that her luck is bad enough to use the rain and wind as an excuse.
Park Hyun-kyung has never been cut off in 53 competitions, from the Celltrion Queens Masters in June 2021 to the Chris F&C 45th KLPGA Championship in April this year.
However, at the Kyochon 1991 Ladies Open, her shot was shaken by the wind and rain, and after a series of bogeys, she ultimately failed to pass the cut. With the cancellation of the final 3 rounds, the ranking is tied for 75th, but it has actually become a cutoff. The 5 holes from the 4th to the 8th hole on the first day was probably a nightmare that I will never forget for the rest of my life. After making a double bogey on the 4th hole, he committed 4 consecutive bogeys from the 5th hole to the 8th hole. He lost 6 strokes in only 5 holes. I tried my best with a tie for 101st with 78 strokes in the first round, but in the end, I fell two strokes short of the cutoff line.
Should I be lucky with this? During the same period, three players who performed well on the KLPGA tour headed to Japan instead of Busan. These are Minji Park, Suji Kim, and Somi Lee, who competed in the Salon Pas Cup, a major JLPGA tournament. Among them, Kim Su-ji was the second player who did not have a cutoff for a long time after Park Hyun-kyung.
Last season, she participated in 27 competitions and received prize money in 26 competitions, but the only competition she missed the cut was the Lotte Rent-A-Car Women’s Open, the opening game of the season. Kim Su-ji, who continues to record passing cuts in 5 competitions this season, has no cut-offs in a total of 31 competitions so far.
Suji Kim almost missed the cut in her most recent contest. Her second shot fell into the water on the last 18th hole (par 4) of the second round, so she put the ball on the green after the fourth shot. Fortunately, she made a long putt and recorded a dramatic bogey. Thanks to this bogey, Kim Su-ji was able to ‘pass the chin-up cut’.
She has been to Japan for a while, and there is a statistic that Kim Su-ji has risen to No. 1 on the KLPGA Tour. It is the first place in the long hit ranking, a dream record that everyone wants to climb at least once.
Until a week ago, Hwang Yoo-min ranked first with 259.48 yards and Kim Su-ji ranked second with 258.36 yards. However, Hwang Yoo-min also had to fight against the wind and rain at the Kyochon 1991 Ladies Open. In the end, his average distance was reduced to 253.50 yards, and the ranking also came down to third after Kwak Bo-mi (255.31 yards).
However, Kim Soo-ji, who still recorded 258.36 yards, had a special experience of reaching the top of the long hit ranking for the first time in her life. He is the No. 1 long hit brought by ‘Kyochon Rainstorm’.