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Performance of Korean players at US Women’s Open: A summary

Korean golfer Kim Hyo-joo poses with a championship trophy in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, May 12.  Yonhap

Korean golfer Kim Hyo-joo poses with a championship trophy in Goyang, Gyeonggi province, May 12. Yonhap

Korean players finished the second major championship of the LPGA season well out of title contention, with no one finishing in the top 10.

Veteran Kim Hyo-joo and rookie Im Jin-hee were the best-performing Koreans at the US Women’s Open as they tied for 12th place with four over 284 on Sunday (local time) at the Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

To get there, they took different paths. Kim shot 69 on the par-70 course with three birdies and two bogeys after starting the final day in 19th place. I, who joined the LPGA Tour after playing on the South Korean tour in recent years, finished at 73 after recording five bogeys and two birdies.

I fell out of the top 10 with a bogey-bogey finish.

Kim A-lim, the 2020 US Women’s Open champion, finished one stroke behind Kim and Im in a tie for 16th after an even 70. Next to her was Lee Mi-hyang, who finished with a 73.

Thanks to the treacherous course design, only three players finished the tournament under par. Japan’s Yuka Saso claimed her second career US Women’s Open title by shooting four-under 276.

Saso, who defeated compatriot Hinako Shibuno by three, shot 68 in the final round. Saso’s first major victory came at the 2021 US Women’s Open.

This was the thirteenth tournament of the 2024 LPGA season, and Korea has yet to produce a winner – its longest drought ever since 2014.

Korea also hasn’t had a major champion since Chun In-gee won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June 2022. (Yonhap)

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