Japanese tour player Bae Seon-woo was the solo leader of the 42nd Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association Championship. Also, local fans were dismayed after LPGA superstar Park Sung-hyun missed the cut after two dismal rounds.
Bae got seven under 65 to earn the first place with a 12 under 132 after 36 holes. It was the first major of the KLPGA season. However, the golfers played without fans in attendance at the Lakewood Country Club.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, the event was the first golf competition in 2020 held in South Korea. It was the second tournament of the season after the KLPGA opener held in Vietnam last December.
Japanese Tour Player Leads the Tournament
The 42nd KLPGA Championship attracted 150 players playing for a total of 3 billion won or around $2.4 million. The winner will win 220 million won, according to sports betting odds sites. Bae won the tournament in 2016.
Bae held the lead with two other players after the first round. However, she took the solo lead with a bogey-less round. Based on the best online gambling websites in South Korea, first-round co-leader Kim Char-young got a 69 for an eight-under 136 to be four behind the solo leader.
Park shot a 77 for a total of six over 150 to miss the cut by two shots. The championship has two cuts with the first after the second round with the top 102 staying alive. The next cut will be after the third round, where only the top 70 players will get to qualify for the next round.
It was the first tournament for Park in six months. She planned to start her LPGA season in March. However, the US tour was canceled in February due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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