Park Hyun-kyung (23, Korea Land Trust) is ready to move up the leaderboard on ‘Moving Day’.
Park carded six birdies and one bogey for a 5-under 67 in the second round of the Imagineer-Korea Economic TV Open (KRW 1.2 billion, $216 million purse) on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour at Lakewood Country Club’s par-72, 6,606-yard Mulgil and Flowergil courses in Yangju, Gyeonggi Province, on Tuesday.
Teeing off on the first hole in the morning group, Park didn’t get off to a great start. Her tee shot on No. 1 was perfect. She sent the ball down the middle of the fairway and had a great second shot position, but her second shot was hit a little hard and went well over the ‘pin’, leaving her with a long birdie putt. Eventually, I three-putted for bogey.
After the bogey, my first birdie came on the 4th hole (par 5), which gave me some confidence. He then reeled off back-to-back birdies on the sixth and seventh holes to get back to within two strokes at the half.
Then, on the back nine, he hit a precise iron shot on the 11th (par-4) to get right next to the pin for an easy birdie. Showing off her sharp iron shots, Park then birdied the 15th and 16th holes in a row to drop three more strokes in the second half.
Park hasn’t won a major since winning the Chris F&C 43rd KLPGA Championship in 2011, a span of two and a half years.
In particular, she has been disappointed with her three runner-up finishes this season, falling short of the winner’s circle each time, but she is determined to put that behind her at this tournament.
“Yesterday and today, I started with a bogey on the first hole, so I just wanted to make the qualifying cut, but fortunately, my putting got better as the holes went on, so I think I was able to cut a lot of strokes today,” Park said of her performance.굿모닝토토
“It was very windy today and there is a wind forecast for the final round, but my dad, who is my caddie, is very good at seeing the wind direction,” he said, “I trusted his club selection and I think I was able to reduce my strokes.”
“I’ve been runner-up three times this season, but I don’t think it’s time yet,” he said, “I’m sure my time will come again as I play golf. I will not be impatient to win the title,” she said about her goal for this tournament.
Park shaved five strokes off her second round score and is currently tied for fifth place at 6-under par at 15:30. She is joined by Lim Hee-jung (23, Dusan E&C) and Choi Ga-bin (20, Samcheon-ri) at 10-under.