Second-year Korean Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour player Madasom, 24, is one step closer to her first career victory at the DB Group Korea Women’s Open (KRW 1.2 billion in prize money).
Madasom shot a 4-under 68 in the third round of the tournament at Rainbow Hills CC (Par 72) in Eumseong, Chungcheongbuk-do on Sunday to lead the field with a 14-under 202 total.
With the lead for the second straight day, Madasom has a chance to win his first major championship. Madasom, who made her professional debut more than three years later than her peers as she juggled the dual goals of graduating from college and earning a spot on the national team, made her KLPGA Tour debut last year and hasn’t had a breakout performance in her 42 tournaments on the tour so far. Her best finish was a tie for seventh at the SK Shielders-SK Telecom Championship last November. Last year, he was 39th on the money list ($224.27 million), and this year he was 49th ($70.99 million).
However, Madasom shot seven strokes without a bogey in the second round to take the lead and then cruised to five birdies in the third round, where the pressure and tension were much higher. Madasom, who was particularly good on the greens, was disappointed to miss a 2-meter par putt on the eighth hole (par-4).
Kim Min-byul, who leads the Rookie of the Year race, continued her quest for her first career victory. In sole possession of second place, Kim shaved five strokes off her total to trail Madasom by two shots. After a shot eagle on the par-5 first hole, Kim had five birdies and two bogeys on the back nine.
Hong Ji-won, a surprise winner at last year’s major, the Hanwha Classic, is three shots behind Madasom in third place (11-under 205) after a clean round of birdies without a bogey.스포츠토토
Hangzhou Asian Games competitor Kim Min-sol (Suseong Bangtongo, 2 years) is three strokes back in fourth place (10-under 206) and will be looking to become the first Korean Women’s Open amateur to win since Song Bobae in 2003.
Park Min-ji, one of the favorites to win the title, shot a 3-under 69 and enters the final round in fifth place (9-under 207), five strokes behind Madasom.