“Because of the distance, I hit it with all my might every time I hit a tee shot.”
Park Gyeol (27, photo), who has been in his ninth year as a pro, took light steps on the second day toward his second career title and first major title in about five years.
Gyeol Park made three birdies in the second round of the Chris F&C 45th KLPGA Championship (total prize money of 1.3 billion won), the first major tournament of the season on the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour held at Lakewood CC (par 72, 6570 yards) in Yangju, Gyeonggi Province on the 28th. He shot 2-under-par 70 with one, and recorded an interim total of 7-under-par 137.
Park Gyeol, who took the lead by one stroke over the joint second place of three people, including co-leader Han Jin-sun the previous day, Lee Da-yeon, and Choi Ye-rim (above 6 under par, 138 strokes), said, “If it had been the third round, I would have been nervous and nervous, but since the second round was over, that is “I don’t have it,” he said calmly, “I think I’ll know when it’s over.”
Park Gyeol, who won the gold medal in the individual event at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and jumped into the pro in 2015, won her first championship at the Seoul Economic Daily Ladies Classic (October) in 2018, but has not won a second championship since. His only weakness was that his driver shot range was only 220 yards, and he struggled last year with a drop in the hit rate of his iron shots. In 2021, the prize money ranking was low, so it was pushed back to the seed rankings and then went through a risk of being demoted to the Dream Tour (Part 2).
Park Gyeol, who changed everything from sponsors, clubs, clothes, and caddies after finishing last season with 45th in prize money, and tried to change through rigorous training, said, “During the winter, I did a lot of physical training, and compared to the last two years, the driving distance increased. The furthest I go, it seems to be up to 235m,” he said. ㅋㅋㅋ벳 “The distance was always stressful, but I hit it with all my strength every time I hit a tee shot.”
As they turned around the halfway point, the competition for the championship began to slowly heat up. Lee Da-yeon, who has a total of 6 wins and 2 major wins by winning the Korean Women’s Open in 2019 and the Hanwha Classic in 2021, reduced 4 strokes with 1 eagle, 4 birdies and 2 bogeys, and climbed 13 steps from the previous day to tie for second place. Kim A-lim, who is challenging for a second consecutive victory in the tournament, reduced 2 strokes without bogey and tied for 5th place with a median total of 5 under par and 139 strokes with Bang Shin-sil and Lee So-young.