When asked about their determination to prepare for the opening game of the Hana Financial Group Singapore Women’s Open, which was held in Singapore as the opening game of the 2023 season, most players are a little embarrassed. Although it is the opening game, 2022 is not yet over, so rather than a resolution for a new season, they express their intention to reap the beauty of the end by thinking of it as an extension of the last season.
This is because it is believed that a true new season begins with the first tournament in which he participated with a changed swing acquired through winter training, recharged stamina, and a new mindset.
The same goes for the Hana Financial Group Singapore Women’s Open, which has already ended, and the PLK Pacific Rings Korea Championship, the second tournament of the season to be held in Vietnam from the 16th, with the same mindset. The two ‘KLPGA Tour in December’ held in Southeast Asia have the meaning of ‘the beauty of the 2022 year’ and ‘the first button of the 2023 season’ at the same time. Park Ji-young, who won the Singapore tournament, suffered from a terrible championship drought after her first win of the season in April, but reached the peak in 2022 by winning the championship in eight months. However, the records and prize money of this tournament will be carried over to 2023. Even though she only played one tournament, Park Ji-young’s name is on the top of the main KLPGA statistics.
So it may be a more important competition. In terms of mood, it is the last competition of the year, and in reality it has the meaning of the first competition of the new season. It can be said that it is a particularly important tournament for players in the middle and lower ranks, as all records move to 2023.
In the PLK Pacific Rings Korea Championship held at Twin Doves Golf Club (par 72) in Vietnam for three days from the 16th, quite a few top rankers were left out. Among the top 10 players in last year’s prize money ranking, a total of six players, including those ranked 1 to 4, are not on the list.
For the players who suffered from a championship drought this year, it can be said to be a golden opportunity to finish the year with a championship cup. There is no better opportunity to win than this for Park Hyeon-kyung, who has been runner-up seven times in the last 52 tournaments, including this year, without winning. Furthermore, the feeling of shooting and putting is at its peak, such as a tie for second place in the last Singapore tournament. Lee So-mi and Jo Ah-yeon, who each won two wins this year, can win three victories in one year at the Vietnamese tournament.
It is an extremely important competition for players who are desperate for results within the 60th place in the prize money ranking that determines the seed for the 2024 season. This is because if you can accumulate some prize money in two Southeast Asian competitions, you can comfortably attend winter training. Kim Hae-rim, who won’t be participating in the Vietnamese tournament right away, but tied for 6th in the Singapore tournament, probably feels that way. 스포츠토토
Kim Hae-rim, whose seed is maintained until the 2023 season by winning the McCall Mona Park Open in 2021, showed poor performance last season, staying at 77th in the prize money rankings. He was cut off 10 times in 26 events and had only one top 10 finish, an 8th at the E1 Charity Open. However, in 2022, he was able to reap the “beauty of the end” by climbing to a tie for 6th, his highest score, and at the same time occupied an advantageous position to secure a seed for the 2024 season. Kim Hae-rim, who only earned 112.46 million won last season, accumulated 31.86 million won, close to 30% of last season’s prize money, in the warehouse before the new year even started.
For players who won their first win this year, it is the best opportunity to win two victories in a year, and it can also be a great stage for rookie players to aim for a surprise victory when there is no top ranker. Of course, before you accumulate the prize money, you must first overcome the cut-pass wave, which is only allowed for players up to 60th in a tie.