After winning three titles as a rookie in 2019 and reaching fourth place on the money list, Lim has never finished outside the top 10 on the money list until last season. She finished eighth on the money list in 2020 despite no wins, and jumped to second on the money list in 2021 with one win. Last year, she finished fifth on the money list with nine top-10 finishes, including one win. This year, however, Lim ranks 46th on the money list. It’s an unexpected slump for a player with a near-perfect swing that even her professional peers want to emulate.
In 2023, when there were a record five world No. 1s, the first was New Zealand compatriot Lydia Ko. However, she is currently ranked 13th in the world. Last year’s LPGA money winner, Lydia Ko has only finished in the top 10 once this year and is 89th on the money list.
Hee Jung Im and Lydia Ko are looking to bounce back this week after suffering their worst slumps of the season.
Hee-jung Lim holds a one-shot lead after the third round of the KLPGA Tour’s Sangsangin-Korea Economic TV Open, while Lydia Ko is tied for third place by one stroke after the third day of the LPGA Tour’s BMW Ladies Championship.
Im Hee-jung dropped two strokes in the third round of the Sangsangin-Korea Economic TV Open at Raidwood Golf Course (par-72) in Yangju, Gyeonggi-do, on Monday, but held a one-stroke lead over Lee So-mi with a 10-under-par 206 total.
On the day, Lim made three birdies, but three bogeys and a double bogey cost her two strokes. However, after taking the lead on the first day, she increased her lead to five strokes in the second round and will be hoping to hold onto it on the third day.
Lee So-mi, who shaved three strokes off her score on the day, is looking to pull off an upset in second place at 9-under-par 207, while Kim Min-seon 7, who also shaved three strokes off her score, is tied for third at 8-under-par 208.
Ji Han-sol is tied for fourth (7-under 209) and Lee Ye-won, Lim Jin-hee and Song Ga-eun are tied for fifth (6-under 210).
On the same day at the BMW Ladies Championship at Seowon Hills Golf Course (Par 72) in Paju, Gyeonggi-do, Lydia Ko shot a 3-under 69 to tie for third place with American Alison Lee at 11-under 205.
They are just one stroke behind Australian compatriots Lee Min-ji Lee and Ashley Buhai (SOUTH AFR), who are tied for the lead at 12-under-par 204. Lydia Ko, last year’s event champion, will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak and make a comeback victory at the BMW Ladies Championship, which she has fond memories of.굿모닝토토
Amidst the strong showing by her compatriots, South Korean ‘veteran’ Ji-Ae Shin (35) is the highest-ranked player on nine under par total. Shin made five birdies and no bogeys on the day to cut five strokes and move up 14 spots to tied for seventh, up from tied for 21st the day before.
Lee Jung-six, who had climbed to a tie for fourth the previous day, dropped one stroke on the day and slipped to a tie for 11th (7-under 209).
Shin Ji-eun is tied for 17th (6-under 210), while Jeon In-ji, Kim Hyo-joo and Park Hee-young are tied for 23rd (5-under 211).