Kim Hyo-joo (from Wonju) took a step closer to breaking the ‘winless chain’ by tying for third place in the first round of the HSBC Women’s World Championship (total prize money of $1.8 million) on the LPGA Tour.
In the first round of the tournament held at the Tanjong Course (par 72) of Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore on the 2nd (Korean time), Hyo-joo Kim tied 6 birdies and 2 bogeys and shot 4 under par 68 to tie for 3rd place with Lee Jung-eun. She shot 8 under par 64 and was 4 strokes behind Elizabeth Sokol (USA), who came out on top alone. 안전놀이터
On this day, Kim Hyo-joo recorded her first bogey on her 2nd hole (par 4), but cruised by driving 4 birdies in the first half. In the second half, she traded her bogey with a birdie on the 11th and 12th holes (each par 4), and she lowered her score by one more on the 17th hole (par 3). Kim Hyo-joo had a fairway landing rate of 71.43% (10/14) and a green hit rate of 88.89% (16/18) on her first day, and the number of putts was 30. Hyo-joo Kim has a good memory of her winning this tournament in 2021 by driving her 8-under-par 64 strokes on the last day. It is noteworthy whether Kim Hyo-joo, who jumped into her championship competition with her fresh start, will continue her momentum and break the ‘chain of no-win’ of Korean female golfers. Meanwhile, in the first round of the tournament, Lee Jung-eun (27) tied for 3rd place with Kim Hyo-joo, and Ji Eun-hee (37) recorded her 3 under par 69 strokes and tied for 9th place. Jeon In-ji (29), Shin Ji-eun (31), and Kim A-rim (28) tied for 14th with 2 under par 70 strokes.