‘Match Queen’ Seong Yu-jin “I became mentally stronger after finishing runner-up on the LPGA Tour… will be stronger”
- on May 21, 2023
Seong Yu-jin (23), who reached the top of the Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour Doosan Match Play Championship (total prize money of 900 million won), experienced the runner-up on the American Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour last month. Mental and inner self-confessed that they had grown even more.
Seong Yu-jin won the championship by beating Hyun-gyeong Park (23) by 4 holes (4&3) with 3 holes left in the final match held at Ladena Golf Club (par 72) in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do on the 21st. , My goal was to become a better player than last year,” he said. “I think I am going well with that goal.”
Debuting on the KLPGA Tour in 2019, he held his first championship trophy in his arms at the Lotte Open in June of last year in the fourth year of his debut. This time it was his second championship less than a year later. The turning point for Seong Yu-jin was last month’s LPGA Tour Lotte Championship where she finished runner-up after overtime.
Seong Yu-jin entered the LPGA Tour Lotte Championship as an invited player as the winner of the Lotte Open, and raised expectations for the championship by leading until the third round. Although he was shaky in the final round, he led the game to overtime and lost the championship to Grace Kim (Australia) in overtime, but he explained, “The new challenges and failures at the time served as an opportunity to become stronger mentally and as a person.” .
Seong Yu-jin is a golfer who has a ‘long-term plastic surgery’. In his junior days, he only played the National Standing Army and jumped to the KLPGA Tour stage in 2019, but he did not receive much attention because he was pushed by his friends Park Hyun-kyung, Lim Hee-jung, and Cho Ah-yeon. Her rookie of the year ranking was 14th, and her money ranking was 85th. Driven to the seed match like that, he achieved excellent results in the seed match and earned a 2020 tour card.
So he re-entered the KLPGA tour, but the reality was not easy again. Due to the spread of Corona 19, the KLPGA tour only opened in May, and due to overseas tours canceling one after another, Korean players who were active on the LPGA tour played the domestic stage, and Seong Yu-jin’s order was pushed back. Seong Yu-jin only participated in 11 out of 18 tournaments in 2020, but earned a full seed for the 2021 season by ranking 32nd in the prize money rankings. That’s how I found my confidence again.
He said, “It was very difficult when I was a rookie. He went on a regular tour with great dreams, but the reality was devastating. It was hard for him to accept that he had to go before seed, and he even considered quitting golf.”
He added, “In 2020, my golf passion has been revived as I have maintained my seed despite difficult conditions.”
When I was young, I might have lagged behind my peers, but not now. Coincidentally, Seong Yoo-jin created a stir by defeating Jo A-yeon in the group stage, Lim Hee-jung in the round of 16, and Park Hyun-kyung in the final, and thanks to this, she was nicknamed a golfer who was nicknamed ‘deceptive plastic surgery’.
Seong Yu-jin, who won her championship prize money of 225 million won and accumulated her prize money of 284,767,210 won this season, rose vertically from 31st to 4th in her prize money ranking.
However, he made up his mind that he would have to become a little harder to become a top-class player. Seong Yu-jin said, “Recently, the skills of young players such as rookies are really good. To keep competing with these players, consistency and diligence should be the default. The thought of ‘this is enough’ is the most dangerous. We will continue to work hard,” he said.
Seong Yu-jin reached the top in this tournament by winning all 7 matches of Pajuk. In particular, he said that the final match against Park Hyun-kyung was the most difficult. Seong Yu-jin made three consecutive birdies from the 2nd to the 4th holes in the final round and took the win by winning three holes.
In the 8th hole (par 4), she even made a surprised expression when she received a 1m par concede. . Seong Yu-jin usually conceives from a distance of up to 80 cm.
Seong Yu-jin made three birdies up to the 15th hole to secure the championship by defeating Park Hyeon-kyung by a 4-hole lead.
Seong Yu-jin,메이저놀이터 who donated part of the prize money from winning the Lotte Open last year to junior players, plans to donate part of the prize money from this championship as well. He said, “I heard that junior players are lacking a lot. I hope you will pay a lot of attention.”
He also added that his goal is to win the Hanwha Classic, a major tournament to be held in August. Seong Yu-jin said, “I want to win because it is a tournament hosted by the main sponsor. I will do my best in the title defense at the Lotte Open, which will be held two weeks later.”