Choi Ye-rim (24), who filled in the missing parts, entered the competition for the championship.
Choi Ye-rim jumped to second place at 2:08 p.m. with 8 under par 136 in the second round of the 12th KG Ladies Open on the Korea Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour held at Sunning Point Country Club (par 72) in Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 2nd. He is two strokes behind leader Seo Yeon-jeong (28), who hit 10 under par.
Choi Ye-rim, who recorded a 3-under par 69 in the first round held the previous day, started the second round in a tie for 13th place. Following the first day, the game was also delayed due to fog. Choi Ye-rim’s tee-off was also pushed back by 1 hour and 20 minutes, and the start was announced at 8:50 am.
Choi Ye-rim reduced 5 strokes on this day alone. Choi Ye-rim, who teed off on the 10th hole, quickly grabbed a birdie. He then caught a birdie again at the par 4 13th hole.
Choi Ye-rim, riding the momentum, caught consecutive birdies on the 17th and 18th holes. Choi Ye-rim, who lost one stroke again in the 3rd hole, lost a stroke in the par-4 6th hole. It was the only view of the day. Afterwards, he finished the round by reducing one stroke again on the 8th hole.
Choi Ye-rim met with reporters after finishing the round and said, “I feel good because I hit a lot of birdies for the first time in a long time,” and added, “I had a lot of worries these days because my putt wasn’t going well, but today I fell cleanly, and the stress I had been under was relieved a little.”
As for the secret to greatly improving his ranking, he said, “I teed off as a group yesterday afternoon, but today I did it in the morning, so the greens definitely seem to have gotten faster,” and “I played in a slightly cleaner condition and the conditions were good.”
Choi Ye-rim, who finished the round without a bogey the previous day, continued her good momentum on this day and recorded her first bogey of the tournament at the end. Choi Ye-rim explained, “The shots were similar, but the putt was a little better, so I think I got good results.”
Now Choi Ye-rim confidently entered the competition for the championship. He was wary of excessive greed. Choi Ye-rim said, “There have been too many times when I missed it while thinking about winning,” and added, “If possible, I will approach it with the mindset of playing comfortably and happily with my caddy. “I think that kind of mindset will be better,” he said.
The KG Ladies Open is often referred to as the ‘Cinderella gateway’ as first-time winners are often born. Starting with Kim Ji-hyun (32) in 2017, and excluding 2020 when the competition was not held due to COVID-19, the KG Ladies won their first championship five times in a row, including Jeong Seul-gi (28), Park Seo-jin (24), Kim Su-ji (27), and Hwang Jeong-mi (24). Experienced in the open.안전놀이터
Choi Ye-rim, who knows this, said, “Before participating in the competition, I thought, ‘There are a lot of first-time winners.’ I think everyone, including me, wants to be like that.” At the same time, he added, “If I work hard, opportunities will come and I hope to seize them.”
Choi Ye-rim selected putt accuracy as a factor that will determine the final score. He said, “I have missed winning many times due to unstable putts,” and “I felt the need to improve, so I have been practicing consistently since advance training.” Choi Ye-rim, who said she spent 2 to 3 hours practicing putts, said, “I made frequent putt mistakes because I was nervous, so I set a goal of making steady putts through practice.”
Choi Ye-rim, who has only three rounds left, expressed her determination, saying, “I will challenge for the win, but I will not be too greedy. I have slipped in the past when I was greedy, so I will not be too greedy.”