Hur Mi-jung Wins 1st LPGA Title in 5 Years

      September 23, 2014 09:13

      Golfer Hur Mi-jung won the Yokohama Tire Classic with a total of 21-under 267 on Sunday. Hur finished four strokes ahead of world No. 1 Stacey Lewis of the U.S., who finished at 17-under at the RTJ Golf Trail at Capitol Hill in Prattville, Alabama.

      This was her second LPGA Tour victory in five years after she won the Safeway Classic in August 2009 when she debuted on the U.S. tour. She earned US$195,000 in prize money.

      Hur Mi-jung holds the trophy after winning the LPGA Yokohama Tire Classic at Capitol Hill in Prattville, Alabama on Sunday. /AP-Newsis

      Hur, who started learning golf from her father at the age of 10, emerged as a rising star while she was on the national golf team from 2005 to 2006. She is 176 cm tall and has long arms, giving her a wide swing; she also has good putting sense. Hur went to the U.S. right after becoming pro in 2007.

      She hit a slump and dropped to around 70th on the money list and failed to make the cut many times. She also went through financial difficulties when her sponsorships ended. "My family came to the U.S. just because of me, so I couldn't get frustrated or give up," she said.

      Hur has been trying to change her swing, and as she was getting used to it this season, she gradually regained her confidence. Prior to the event, Hur asked her father to be her caddy since she tied for third place at the event two years ago when she played with her father.

      She took the lead with 107 putts during the four-day tournament. Hur is currently ranked first in putts per round with 28.77 on the LPGA Tour.

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