Lee So-young breaks the odd year jinx… Doosan E&C Weave Championship 1R 1st place

‘Can I break it this time?

Lee So-young is looking for her first win in an odd-numbered year on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour. Lee already has six career wins on the KLPGA Tour. However, all of them came in even years, which is why her name is associated with the odd-numbered year jinx. But this season has been different. She’s been consistently at the top of the leaderboards, proving that she’s determined to erase the odd-numbered year jinx.

Lee shot a 6-under 66 in the first round of the KLPGA Tour’s Doosan E&C Weave Championship (total prize money: 1.2 billion won) at Teddy Valley Golf & Resort (Par 72) in Seogwipo, Jeju Island, on Nov. 11.

Lee, who is tied for the lead with Jeon Ye-sung, also led after the first round of her previous event, the Jeju Samdasoo Masters. However, she ended up tied for third.

Although she has yet to win a tournament this season, Lee has consistently found her way to the top of the leaderboard. After finishing in the top four in each of her first three events, including a runner-up finish in the season opener, Lee has been consistently in contention for wins, including a tie for fourth at the KLPGA Championship, third at the Lotte Open, tied for fifth at the McCall-Mona Yongpyong Open, and tied for third at the Jeju Samdasu Masters.

In her post-match interview, Lee said, “The greens were a little slower because of the rain, so I was a little more aggressive with my long putts and it paid off,” adding, “I actually missed a few short birdie putts today. In the first half, I was a little shaky because it was my first time playing the course,” he said. “It’s important to keep your tee shots in the fairway. The course isn’t too difficult, so I think I’ll have to cut a lot of strokes tomorrow to be in contention for the title.” 메이저놀이터

Jeon, who will be looking for her second career victory after winning her first at the EverCollagen Queen’s Crown in 2021, carded a 6-under 66 with five birdies and a bogey on the 18th hole (par-4). Kim Hae-rim, Jeong Ji-min and Kim Min-sun followed at 5-under 67.

Hwang Yoo-min, a leading Rookie of the Year contender, carded six birdies and two bogeys for a 4-under 68 to tie for sixth place with Ahn Song-i, Kim So-i and Park Hyun-kyung.

Lee, who finished runner-up in the last event of the first half of the season, the Abercollagen-Dersea Queen’s Crown, carded a 3-under 69 with four birdies and one bogey to finish in a tie for 12th place alongside Han, Jinhee Lim, Jisoo Kim and Seo Yeon Kwon.

Yoo Hyun-ju, playing in her first KLPGA Tour event in a while, made two birdies but had three bogeys and a double bogey to finish at 7-over-par 79 and tied for 115th, while Jang Ha-na, who has struggled this season, finished at 9-over-par 81 and tied for 117th.