‘Little Giant’ Lee Da-yeon, splendidly revived
Lee Da-yeon (27), a “little giant” who overcame wrist and elbow injuries, made a splendid comeback with a total of 7 victories and 3 major victories at the 45th KLPGA Championship (total prize money of 1.3 billion won) by Chris F&C, the best history of Korean women’s golf.
In the final round of the tournament held at Lakewood CC (par 72, 6570 yards) in Yangju, Gyeonggi Province on the 30th, Lee Da-yeon shot 4 under par 68 with 7 birdies and 3 bogeys, recording a total of 13 under par 275 strokes, tied for second place Park Kyul and Son Ye-bin. (above 9 under par 279 strokes) by 4 strokes and won the championship cup and prize money of 234 million won.ㅋㅋㅋ벳
Despite her small height of 157cm, Lee Da-yeon, who boasts a power swing with a driving distance of over 240 yards and solid performance, won the Phantom Classic in her first year of debut in 2016, and then won the major tournaments, the 2019 Korea Women’s Open (June) and the 2021 Hanwha Classic (8). Wall) and accumulated 6 wins in total. But in her last season, her accumulated fatigue exacerbated her wrist and elbow injuries, which forced her to stop touring after July and underwent surgery to focus on her rehabilitation.
Lee Da-yeon, who only started her first full swing last February and cautiously returned to her tour, broke expectations and won 3 out of 7 majors in her 4th tournament of the year and her first major. He showed his potential to decorate with titles.
Lee Da-yeon’s strong mental strength shone through in her tight competition. She entered the final round with a tie for the lead with rookie Bang Shin-sil from the national team. Da-yeon couldn’t decide whether to win until the 14th hole. Bang Sin-sil, who played her companion, could not overcome her pressure and committed a bogey with a 3-putt from a shorter distance. Lee Da-yeon, who was leading by two strokes, added three consecutive birdies to the 16th and 17th holes and consolidated her victory.
Lee Da-yeon, who received warm congratulations from her colleagues after finishing her winning putt, said, “I thought of the painful surgery and rehabilitation, and the time of worrying about whether I would be able to win again afterward, and I remembered the people around her who helped me.” he said, bringing tears to her eyes.
Lee Da-yeon said, “For some time after the surgery, it was difficult to even bend my wrist, so I had to increase my pace step by step by 10% or 20%. Overcoming the pain was the hardest,” he said, “I thought I had to go through a period of adaptation until the first half, but this time the shot went well.” “I feel great confidence and pride in winning major competitions where everything from the course and setting is difficult,” he said. said.
Bang Shin-sil, who hurriedly climbed from the second tour and made her regular tour debut, lost one stroke with three birdies and four bogeys after bogey on the 15th hole, and finished in a tie for fourth place with Lee So-young (8 under par, 280 strokes).