PGA와 의리 지킨 매킬로이, 캐나다오픈 2연패

로리 매킬로이(북아일랜드)가 캐나다오픈 정상에 올랐다.

매킬로이는 13일(한국시각) 캐나다 온타리오주 토론토의 세인트 조지 골프 앤드컨트리클럽(파70)에서 미국프로골프(PGA) 투어 RBC 캐나다오픈(총상금 870만달러) 4라운드에서 8언더파 62타를 쳐, 합계 19언더파 261타로 우승했다. 2021~2022 시즌 두번째 우승이자, 통산 21승. 2019년 챔피언 매킬로이는 코로나19로 중단됐다 올해 재개된 대회에서 2연패를 달성했다. 우승상금 156만6천달러.

매킬로이는 사우디아라비아 국부펀드의 지원을 받은 LIV(리브) 골프 인비테이셔널 합류를 거부하고 피지에이 투어를 지키고 있다. 물론 매킬로이의 우승 상금은 전날 끝난 리브 골프 인비테이셔널 시리즈 개막전 우승자 샬 슈워츨(남아공)이 받은 400만달러에 비해 적다.

하지만 매킬로이는 경기 뒤 외신에서 “이 대회가 즐겁다. 관중과 멋진 플레이, 오늘 이뤄진 모든 것이 특급이었다. 이것이 (피지에이) 투어다”라며 피지에이 투어에 대한 찬사를 보냈다. 매킬로이는 이번주 유에스오픈에서 다시 정상에 도전한다.

토니 피나우(미국)가 2타 뒤진 2위(17언더파 263타)에 올랐고, 저스틴 토머스(미국)도 6타를 줄여 3위(15언더파 265타)로 대회를 마쳤다. 저스틴 로즈(잉글랜드)는 마지막 날 10언더파 60타를 몰아쳐 공동 4위(14언더파 266타), 이븐파 70타를 친 노승열(31)은 공동 35위(3언더파 277타)가 됐다.

 

Lee Min-ji wins US Women’s Open… Asians swept 1st-5th place

Australian (Australia) Korean-American Lee Min-ji climbed to the top of the US Women’s Open.

Lee Min-ji recorded an even par with 4 birdies and 4 bogeys in the fourth round of the final day of the tournament held at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club (par 71, 6,644 yards) in Southern Pines, North Carolina, USA on the 6th (Korean time). He won the championship with a total of 13-under 271. $180,000 in prize money.

Lee Min-ji won her eighth career on the LPGA Tour and her second major win. Lee Min-ji took the previous record of 272 strokes at the U.S. Women’s Open with a 271 stroke that day, and was 4 strokes behind second-placed Mina Harigae (US 9-under 275 strokes).

Lee Min-ji, who received the largest prize money in a single women’s golf tournament, rose to the top spot in the season ($2625,849). Lee Min-ji is also number one in average at bats, Player of the Year, and CME Globe Points.

As for Korean players, Hyejin Choi (23) finished third with a final total of 7-under 277. World No. 1 Jinyoung Ko (27) finished her solo 4th place by hitting 6 under par 278.

This year’s U.S. Women’s Open 1-5 places were swept by Asian players. Lee Min-ji, who won the championship, and Lydia Ko (5-under 279, New Zealand) in fifth place were Korean players, while Hye-jin Choi and Jin-young Ko finished third and fourth. Runner-up Harigae is Japanese-American.

 

‘Born in 1986’ Eun-hee Ji, the oldest Korean to win the LPGA

Ji Eun-hee, 36, is the oldest Korean to win the LPGA Tour.

 
Eunhee Ji of Japan competed in the final of the LPGA Tour Bank of Hope Match Play ($1.5 million in total prize money, about 1.9 billion won) at the Shadow Creek Golf Club (par 72) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on the 30th (Korean time). (22) was defeated by three holes. It is the first victory in 3 years and 4 months since the Diamond Resort Champions Tournament in January 2019 and 6 wins in his career. She took her winning prize of $225,000 ($281 million). In addition, the record for the oldest Korean won (36 years and 17 days) of LPGA was newly set. The previous record is Park Hee-young (32 years, 8 months, 16 days, ISPS Handa Big Open in 2020).

Ji Eun-hee is the oldest Korean player currently active on the American professional stage. In this competition, he showed off his veteran side to his heart’s content. As 83rd in the world ranking, she managed to win a ticket to the US Women’s Open (opening on June 3) with 64 participants by winning the tournament. Ji Eun-hee, who won the 2009 US Women’s Open, said, “It was a very difficult week mentally and physically. She will take a day off and work really hard at the US Women’s Open,” she said. In this competition, the first day the temperature rose to 38 degrees, and the players as well as the opponents had to fight the sweltering heat.

Ji Eun-hee defeated Hye-jin Choi in the round of 16, and in the quarter-finals, she beat Madeleine Sachström (Sweden) by 7 holes. She reached the final in the semi-final where she defeated Andrea Lee (USA), a Korean national.

 

Sponsorship of next-generation golf prospects such as KB Financial and Bang Shin-sil

KB Financial Group (Chairman Jong-gyu Yoon), the top amateur golf players in Korea, Bang Shin-sil (18), Park Ye-ji (17), and Lee Jeong-hyeon (16), and Lee Jeong-wi (16), who are active overseas, and Thai golf star Natakritta Wong Top Wirap (20) recently signed a sponsorship contract with five next-generation golf prospects.

Kaby said, “Bang Shin-sil has been active as the national representative since 2020 and is attracting attention as a next-generation star in the domestic women’s golf world. She achieved the best performance among Korean players of all time by finishing tied for 8th (3 over par 219) at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship (ANWA), the dream stage of female amateur athletes held in Georgia, USA in March.” did.

Kaby said, “Bang Shin-sil has been active as the national representative since 2020 and is attracting attention as a next-generation star in the domestic women’s golf world. She achieved the best performance among Korean players of all time by finishing tied for 8th (3 over par 219) at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship (ANWA), the dream stage of female amateur athletes held in Georgia, USA in March.” did.

In the case of Natakritta Wongtop Wirap, she introduced that she was a super-long hitter with a driving distance of 300 yards and took second place in last year’s Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific (WAAP) Championships.

Paju Country Club, a public golf course operated by KMH Group (Chairman Choi Sang-ju), announced that it will hold Magnum Opus, an exhibition of the five great masters of Korean painting at the clubhouse.

In this exhibition, which continues until July, Jeon Kwang-young, who built the art world with traditional Korean paper, Park Seo-bo, the master of Dansaekhwa, who received the Order of the Gold Crown, Lee U-fan, who recorded the most expensive work of any existing Korean artist, and the fundamental power of charcoal and the Korean spirit of Dansaekhwa, were introduced to the world. The works of five great masters, including Lee Bae, who is widely known as a water drop artist, and Kim Chang-yeol, are on display. Paju CC installed a total of 10 works by placing the clubhouse lobby as the main space, an art wall and 6 works, and 4 in the dining room.

Yoojin Jung, CEO of Eugene Gallery, who planned this exhibition, said, “The Paju CC exhibition is part of the ‘Move-On’ project, which displays the works of artists in various spaces outside the framework of a gallery after Corona 19. It will be a special experience for golfers to appreciate the works of the masters of the art world in the space for exercise.”

대한골프협회, 아시안게임 대표팀에 프로 선수도 선발

9월 항저우 아시안게임 골프 경기에 프로 선수들이 출전한다.

대한골프협회는 26일 서울 중구 더플라자 호텔에서 2022년 정기총회를 열고 올해 아시안게임 국가대표팀에 프로와 아마추어 선수를 혼합해 선발한다고 밝혔다.

4명이 출전하는 남자부는 프로 2명과 아마추어 2명, 3명이 나가는 여자부는 프로 1명, 아마추어 2명으로 구성할 예정이다. 세부 선발 방법은 추후 경기력향상위원회를 통해 정하기로 했다. 그동안 올림픽 골프에는 프로 선수들이 출전할 수 있었지만 아시안게임 골프는 아마추어 선수들만 나갈 수 있었다.

남자부에 프로 선수들의 출전이 허용되면서 임성재, 김시우 등 미국프로골프(PGA) 투어에서 뛰는 선수들의 병역 혜택 가능성도 생겼다.

한편 대한골프협회는 이날 총회에서 상근 전무이사로 성문정 한국스포츠정책과학원 수석연구원을 선임했다.

총회 뒤 시상식에서는 오기종 한국미드아마추어연맹 회장, 임영태 건국대 교수, 설정덕 중앙대 교수, 박윤열 서문여고 교사, 김기현 협회 레프리가 표창장을 받았다. 김영찬 골프존뉴딘그룹 회장과 TV조선 골프왕 제작팀 등은 공로패를 받았다.

 

Woods returns from car accident rehabilitation to join PNC Championship with son

Tiger Woods (46, USA), who returned to the field, collaborated with his son Charlie (12) to create a 10-under par.

‘Team Woods’, a team of Woods and Charlie, was held on the 19th (Korean time) at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club (par 72) in Orlando, Florida, USA. He posted 10 birdies without a hitch and a 10-under 62.

In this tournament, where the winner of a major tournament or Players Championship will compete with their family, 20 teams will play rounds 1 and 2. On this day, Tim Woods finished the first round in a tie for 5th, and ‘Team Sink’ (13 under par) achieved by the 2009 The Open winner Stewart Sink (USA) and his son Reagan took the first place.

Woods suffered serious injuries in a car accident in February of this year, but recovered, and stood in front of fans for the first time in a year since participating in the tournament in December of last year.

The PNC Championship is an event competition of the PGA Champions Tour and is not a regular tour competition. The game is played by both players taking a tee shot to choose a better ball, and from that spot, both players take a second shot and shoot with the better positioned ball.

Woods sent his first hole (par 4) tee shot to the fairway that day and received applause from the gallery, and he and his son caught a birdie from the first hole. The foreign media said, “My son Charlie made a lot of good shots. As the game progressed, Woods seemed to be getting harder.”

After the game, Woods, who rode a cart on the day, said, “It’s frustrating when I can’t hit or when things don’t go the way I want them to. I’m still tired, but I have to hit the ball a million times to play at Fiji Tour level. It takes time,” he said.

World No. 1 Nelly Koda (USA), the only female player to compete, tied for 11th with her father Petr Koda at 9-under 63.

 

‘최고의 해’ 보낸 박민지, KLPGA 대상 등 4개 트로피

‘대세’ 박민지(23)가 4개의 트로피를 챙기며 시즌을 화려하게 마감했다.

박민지는 30일 서울 강남구 그랜드 인터컨티넨탈 서울 파르나스에서 열린 2021 한국여자프로골프(KLPGA) 시상식에서 대상과 상금, 다승 부문 트로피를 휩쓸었다. 1승 이상 거둔 선수에게 주는 특별상도 받아 4관왕이 됐다.

박민지는 올해 6개 대회에서 우승해 대상 포인트(680점), 상금(15억2천137만원), 다승에서 모두 1위에 올랐다. 시즌 상금 15억원 돌파도 일궈냈다.

박민지는 “투어 생활 5년 동안 대상은 내가 받을 수 있는 상이라고 생각하지 않았다. 한해 1승 넘게 한 것이 무척 행복하고, 다승왕도 의미가 깊다”고 소감을 밝혔다.

평균 타수상은 69.9088타를 기록한 장하나(29)가 차지했고, 신인상은 송가은(21)한테 돌아갔다. 기자단이 선정한 기량발전상은 김수지(25)가, 팬 투표로 뽑는 인기상은 임희정(21)이 받았다.