The winner of the SK Shields-SK Telecom Open (total prize money of 1 billion won), the season finale of the KLPGA Tour’s 2023 season, will be decided by a battle between Im Jin-hee and Lee Da-yeon.
Lim carded seven birdies (one bogey) and six bogeys on the second day of play at the par-72 Rabiebel CC Old Course in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, to reach 11-under-par 133 and take a two-stroke lead over second-place Lee Id-yeon. Lee, who entered the second round with a one-stroke lead, had five birdies and two bogeys on the day to cut three strokes off her lead, but will head into the final round with a one-stroke deficit.
Lim now has three wins on the season, while Lee has two. Rookie Bang Shin-sil, who also has a spot in the championship group, has two wins, making the final group a contest between players who have combined for seven wins this year. Whoever wins will be well deserving.
With Bang Shin-sil starting the final round six strokes behind leader Im Jinhui, the race for the title will be a head-to-head battle between the two. In terms of driving distance, Lee (244 yards) and Lim (243 yards) are evenly matched, and in terms of putting, Lim (29.86) has a slight edge over Lee (30.08).
캡틴토토 주소 Playing alongside Lee for the second and third rounds in a row, Im said, “I think the final round will be a battle on the greens. I think long putts are a bonus, and I think it’s all about who can make the short putts without making mistakes. It will be a battle of concentration.”
Meanwhile, defending champion Park Min-ji, who struggled on day one with an 11-over-par score, dropped one stroke despite a double bogey on the final hole of the day to sit in a tie for 60th place with a 10-over-par total of 152.