Park Min-ji is on track to win the Celltrion Queens Masters (1.2 billion won) on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour for the third consecutive year.
Park carded five birdies and no bogeys for a 5-under 67 on the first day of the tournament at The Legend Course at Seolhaewon (Par 72, 6,678 yards) in Yangyang, Gangwon Province, on Monday.
By finishing the first day tied for the lead, Park boosted her chances of winning back-to-back tournaments in 2021 and 2022.
Only four players on the KLPGA Tour have won three consecutive tournaments in a single event: the late former KLPGA President Koo Ok-hee (1982), Park Se-ri (1997), Kang Soo-yeon (2002) and Kim Hae-rim (2018).
“Today, rather than thinking about my performance, I only thought about how to hit each shot so that I wouldn’t regret it,” said Park Min-ji, who has won six titles in the last two years to become the second consecutive money winner, in a post-match interview.
“I want to do well in Korea and gain confidence before I go to the US Women’s Open,” she said, adding, “I hope I can play the remaining two or three rounds like I did today.” 안전놀이터
In addition to Park, who will attempt to become the first player to win three consecutive KLPGA Tour single events in five years after Kim Hae-rim in 2018, six other players – Hwang Yoo-min, Kim Hee-ji, Lee Ye-won, Park Joo-young and Lee Seung-yeon – are tied for first place, setting up a fierce battle for the title.
There were also five players in a tie for seventh place, including Lee Jung-min, Kim Soo-ji, Park Ji-young, Lee So-mi, and Kim Seo-yoon, making 11 players within one shot of the lead.
KLPGA Tour “Super Rookie” Bang Shin-shil, who won the E1 Charity Open in late May, carded five birdies and three bogeys to finish two strokes back and tied for 15th.
She is three strokes off the lead and has room to move into contention in the second and third rounds.