Kim Ja-young Keeps World No. 1 at Bay to Claim 1st Win in 5 Years

  • By Kim Seung-jae

    May 22, 2017 11:18

    Golfer Kim Ja-young beat world No. 1 Park In-bee in the final stretch to claim her first win in five years at the Doosan Match Play Championship in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province on Sunday.

    Kim beat Park by three holes with two holes left in her final round. Kim was unfazed by the presence of top-ranked Park, striking the ball well and making putts. The win earned her W175 million in prize money (US$1=W1,125).

    Kim debuted in 2010 and quickly became one of the most popular golfers on the KLPGA Tour, winning three titles in 2012. The increased expectations that accompanied her newfound fame hurt her game, however, as she rather struggled to handle the pressure.

    Kim Ja-young (front) and Park In-bee walk out onto the fairway during the Doosan Match Play Championship in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province on Sunday.

    Kim maintained a poker face until the end of the tournament, but let her emotions show after securing victory. "I want to thank my fans, who helped me through the hard times," she said through tears.

    After extending her tally of runner-up finishes to six from 17 domestic competitions over the last nine years, Park's hunt for her elusive first KLPGA Tour title goes on.

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