It is a refreshing start for the old and new duo.
Yoo Hae-ran (22, Daol Financial Group) and Yang Hee-young (34, Woori Financial Group) were on the 28th (Korean time) at the Wilshire Country Club (par 71) in Los Angeles, California, USA on the LPGA Tour JM Eagle LA. In the first round of the championship (total prize money of 3 million dollars), he was ranked tied for 7th with a 4 under par 67 strokes.
Yoo Hae-ran, who tied for 7th at the Drive-On Championship in March, her debut match, and registered as a candidate for Rookie of the Year, announced a good start for her 5th LPGA tournament. After getting two birdies in the first half alone, one bogey came out in hole 11 (par 4), but again swept birdies in holes 10, 15, and 18 to reduce the number of strokes. She has washed away her sluggishness in recent competitions and is ready to move forward again toward the Rookie of the Year title.
Yang Hee-young, who has a record of 4 wins on the LPGA Tour, recorded a tie for 4th at the Chevron Championship in the last major tournament, followed by another 4 under par. She recorded two bogeys for six birdies. Pulling the reins towards the victory news that has not been announced since the 2019 Honda Thailand competition.
Another Korean golfer, Choi Woon-jung and Choi Hye-jin, hit a 2-under-par 69 to pave the way to the top ranks. Kim Hyo-joo and Kang Hye-ji tied for 32nd with a 1 under par. However, Ko Jin-young, who had high expectations for good results, recorded 2 birdies and 3 bogeys, and performed sluggishly with a 1-over-par 72.ㅋㅋㅋ벳
Meanwhile, the lead in the first round is Linnea Johansson (Sweden), who has never won an LPGA championship. On this day, with a flawless play that recorded only 7 birdies without bogey, he wrote down 7 under par and took the lead by surprise, challenging his first win. Lee Min-ji (Australia) and Gemma Driver (Scotland), who tied for 2nd place, are leading by 1 stroke and 4th by 2 strokes.