Madasom, 24, won her first Korean Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour title in a playoff. She finished runner-up at the DB Group Korea Women’s Open in June after losing in a playoff, but she didn’t miss her chance to bounce back three months later. Madasom also finished second at the Hi One Resort Women’s Open last month, delaying her first career victory.
Madasom carded four birdies and a bogey for a 3-under 69 in the final round of the KLPGA Tour’s OK Financial Group Women’s Open at the par-72 Incheon Club on Sunday. With a final total of 15-under-par 201, Madasom was in a playoff with fellow Korean Chung Soi (21). In the first overtime on the par-5 18th hole, Madasom birdied to beat Zheng Soi, who remained at par. “It’s a bit surreal, I don’t know if I’ve actually won,” said Madasom, who credited her win to her parents, who have been supporting her since she was a young girl.
Madasom, who began the final round in a tie for second place, one stroke behind the leader, calmly chipped away at her score without a bogey on the day. He birdied the 13th (par-4) to move into sole possession of the lead and then followed it up with back-to-back birdies at the 14th (par-4). He dropped a shot on the 17th (par-4) when his tee shot left the fairway and ended up in the rough. It was Madasom’s only bogey of the tournament. “When I stepped up to the teeing area on the 17th hole, I thought to myself, ‘If I can finish this hole, I can win the tournament,’ and that’s why my tee shot went left,” Madasom said. “Golf is a mental sport, so I had to stop being greedy, but I’m human, so I guess I got greedy at that moment 굿모닝토토.”
Madasom, who finished third on the rookie points list last season in her rookie year on the KLPGA Tour, won her first tour title in her second year and took home a first-place prize of 144 million won. “I missed out on winning the Korean Women’s Open in June, but my confidence was growing as I thought I played well on a difficult course,” said Madasom. “Especially because of my experience in the overtime match, I was able to play with a relaxed mindset in the overtime match today.” “Now that I have achieved my goal of one win this season, I will go home and set new goals,” she added.
Earlier in the day, Kim Chan-woo (24-photo) won the Korea Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour’s Bizplay E-Newspaper Open with a final round of 12-under-par 132 to claim his first victory on the tour. He finished one shot clear of the runner-up group, which included Lee Sung-ho (36). “Even after the win was confirmed, I was thinking, ‘It’s a dream or a reality,'” said Kim. “If I put more effort into improving my putts, which are my weakness, I think I’ll be much closer to a second win.”
The tournament was scheduled to be played over four rounds, but was shortened to two 36-hole rounds due to heavy rain at the venue, Cosmos Links (Par 72) in Yeongam-gun, Jeonnam. It is only the third time in 34 years and the third time in the history of the KPGA Korean Tour that a winner has been crowned in 36 holes since the 1989 Pokariswet Open.