Yoo Hae-ran (22) overcame a come-from-behind victory at the Drive-On Championship (total prize money of $1.75 million) before her debut on the LPGA Tour, but finished tied for 7th place. He expressed regret, saying, “I played too defensively, so I didn’t create many chances.”
Yoo Hae-ran recorded a final total of 16 under par 272 at the LPGA Tour Drive-On Championship, which ended in Gold Canyon, Arizona, USA on the 27th (Korean time)메이저놀이터. Yoo Hae-ran, who tied for 2nd place by one stroke with an 8-under par including an eagle in the 3rd round, tried to win the come-from-behind championship, but only reduced one stroke with two birdies and one bogey on the final day.
In an interview with the LPGA Tour after the game, he said, “I tried to enjoy it as much as I could, but maybe I enjoyed it too much, so I’m a little disappointed with the score.” Yoo Hae-ran said, “Still, I think it was good that he played his debut match in the champion group. I think it will be a lot of experience while playing on the LPGA Tour in the future. We will show growth based on today.”
Yoo Hae-ran only hit 2 under par in the first round, but reduced 5 strokes in the second round and hit 8 under par in the third round. He said that the reason he only reduced one stroke in the final round was because of defensive play, but said, “I can’t help it because it’s the part I played. I will show you a good image in the future.”
Yoo Hae-ran, who won the Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour Rookie of the Year 2020 and won 5 wins in total, passed the LPGA Tour Qualifying Series last year with a total of 8 rounds as the top. He finished tied for 7th in his PGA Tour official debut, showing his first down appearance in the Rookie of the Year award.
Yoo Hae-ran said, “I think I have enough confidence. To be honest, even before the start of this competition, I thought, ‘Can I do well?’ I thought, but since he placed in the top 10 in his first competition, he seems to have seen some potential. I will rest well and prepare for next week’s tournament in good condition.”
Annalin (27), who is in her second year on the LPGA Tour this year, picked only 5 birdies and finished in 4th place (18 under par, 270 strokes), the best performance among Korean players.
Annalin said, “It was well done to attack as I wanted. The distance and direction of the putt were done as I thought, so I made a good birdie.”
He added, “I tried to check more basic things during the training period, and it seems to have come out well.”
Ko Jin-young (28), who challenged to win two consecutive LPGA tours following the HSBC Women’s World Championship earlier this month, was tied for 5th place (17 under par, 271 strokes).
Ko Jin-young expressed regret, saying, “The game went so well in the first half that I drank kimchi soup, thinking, ‘Isn’t it winning?
Ko Jin-young showed confidence, “I’m playing better than last year, but there seems to be a difference in concentration in the second half of the 9 holes.” .