Defending champion Sung Yoo-jin Sung trailed leader Choi Ye-bon by three strokes on the first day of the KLPGA Tour’s Lotte Open.

Sung carded five birdies and two bogeys for a 3-under 69 on the first day of play at BearsBest Cheongna Golf Club (par 72/6725 yards) in western Incheon to join Kim Hyo-ju, Choi Hye-jin, Kim Min-byul, Jung Yoon-ji and Hong Jung-min in a tight group of 13.

Sung earned her first regular tour victory at this event last year and followed it up with a seven-shot victory at the Doosan Match Play Championship two weeks ago. Due to the intense competition, Sung is not in the best physical condition at the moment, suffering from ‘trigger finger syndrome’, which affects her every swing. Trigger finger syndrome is a condition in which the tendon (tendon) passes through the lesioned area when moving the finger, causing severe friction or pain, making it difficult to move, and then suddenly snaps.

After the game, Sung said, “The injury is still a little swollen and a little uncomfortable. “I heard that Inbee Park also suffered from this injury at the Olympics,” she said, “and I’m hypnotized that I can do well on this golf course because it’s where I won last year. But just because I did well last year doesn’t mean I’ll do well this time, so I’m going to focus on what I can do.” 메이저사이트

Choi, in her second year on the tour, carded an eagle and four birdies without a bogey for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke lead over second-place finishers Lee So-young, Jung Yeon-ju and Jeon Woori. The 6-foot-3 Choi is a long-hitting player, and her eagle on the 10th hole (par-5) came after her third shot with a wedge from 50 meters went into the hole for an eagle.

Choi, who was competing in her second consecutive domestic tournament following the E1 Charity Open last week, made three birdies without a bogey and cruised to a tie for 13th place. “I’ve been playing well on this course, so I feel confident,” Choi said after her round. I was able to hit it confidently because I had a good feel for it from the Pro-Am and practice rounds.”

He made a hole-in-one on the 17th (par-3) to finish at 3-under 69 and tied for 13th. He had to settle for two strokes less, however, as he did not have a hole-in-one on the 17th.

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