‘Rookie’ Jeong So-i (21, Yellow Chicken) unfortunately missed her first win, but ended the week on a good note by winning the valuable second place prize.
Jeong So-i competed in an overtime match with Madasom in the final round of the 2023 KLPGA Tour ‘OK Financial Group Shotman Open’, which ended at Club 72 Haneul Course in Yeongjong, Incheon on the 17th, but unfortunately lost.
This is a consistent performance throughout the competition. Jeong So-i, who started with a 5-under-par 67 in the first round, recorded a 4-under-par 68 the next day, and in the final round, she saved a whopping 6 strokes and finished the match tied for the lead with Madasom.
In the overtime match that immediately followed, Soyi’s first win in her debut was lost as Som made a birdie, but Soyi Jeong won the prize money of 88 million won for second place.
This is the largest amount of money Jeong So-yi has earned since turning professional. Previously, Soyi Jeong’s personal highest prize money was the 9.64 million won she received at the Celltrion Queen’s Masters last June, when she ranked 25th.안전놀이터
Jeong So-yi soared up the prize money rankings by earning nearly 10 times the previous highest amount.
Jeong So-yi, who was ranked 85th in prize money until the ‘OK Financial Group Shotman Open’ was held, added 88 million won, accumulating a season’s cumulative prize money of 153.18 million won, and settled in 49th place, up 36 places.
The KLPGA tour is nearing the end of the season, with only eight competitions remaining. You have to be in the top 60 in terms of prize money to be able to play in the first division tour next season. Otherwise, you have no choice but to fall into the seed ranking match, which is said to dry up blood.
Last year, the 60th place in the prize money ranking, which was one of the criteria for remaining in the first division tour, was Jeong Ji-min 2 with 143.35 million won. Since the total prize money has increased by about 12% this season compared to last year, the cutoff for 60th place is also expected to be around 172 million won.
In other words, in order for Jeong So-yi to remain in the first part of the tour, she has to add 20 million won more in the remaining tournaments to be at ease.
Meanwhile, Jeong So-i is continuing her competitiveness by finishing as runner-up in this competition, ranking 63rd in the grand prize points and 8th in the rookie award points category.