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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Hyo Joo Kim Hangs On

It's so new that I can't even find a photo of her with the trophy, but Hyo Joo Kim hung on to win the LOTTE Championship by two strokes over Hinako Shibuno.

LOTTE champion Hyo Joo KIm

The winds at Hoakalei Country Club at Ewa Beach on Oahu in Hawaii, an Ernie Els creation, played havoc with the ladies all week. In the end it came down to two major champions -- Hyo Joo and Hinako Shibuno, the "Smiling Cinderella" -- fighting it out, with Hyo Joo leading by a single shot on the 18th tee.

So it was appropriate that their battle came down to a single shot -- a near-perfect long chip by Hyo Joo from a tricky lie on 18. She had scrambled better than anyone all week and she did it again, leaving a tap-in for birdie to win after Hinako failed to hole a bunker shot for eagle.

It was Hyo Joo's sixth LPGA victory and second major, adding to her 2014 Evian win. And it was well earned. Congrats, Hyo Joo!

1 comment:

  1. In the KPGA season opener Sang-hyun Park captured the Dongbu Promy Open. Ji Young Park, meanwhile, ran away and hid from the field by six shots, going wire to wire to win the KLPGA'S MEDIHEAL Hangkook Ilbo Championship.
    Across the East Sea the KKTCup Vantelin Ladies Open was Nozomi Uetake's maiden win on the JLPGA this week, but it took her six extra trips along the closing par 5 before she could shake off Yuri Yoshida, Sae Ogura and Yuna Nishimura in sudden death after the quartet finished 54 holes at 8 under par. Kazuki Higa took home the trophy at the Kansai Open Golf Championship on the JGTO.