Korean-American athlete Lee Min-ji (AUS), who competes on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour, expressed her love for her parents’ country, saying, “My nationality is Australia, but my heart is always in Korea.”
“Two years ago, I lost this tournament in an extension, and last year I missed the cut,” Lee said at the official press conference for the KLPGA Tour’s Hana Financial Group Championship (KRW 1.5 billion in prize money) held at the Hana Global Campus in Incheon on Tuesday. 바카라사이트 “This year, I came here after winning a tournament on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour, so I’m confident and jet-lagged,” she said.
The tournament begins on Nov. 21 at BearsBest Cheongna in Incheon. Lee will tee off at 11:10 a.m. alongside Kim Soo-ji and Madasom.
“I have a lot of family in Korea and they come to cheer me on,” said Lee, who is sponsored by title sponsor Hana Financial Group. “The food is delicious, and although my nationality is Australian, Korea is always in my heart.”
Lee’s younger brother, Lee Min-woo, is also a professional golfer on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour.
He won the LPGA Tour’s Kroger Queen City Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio, earlier this month, highlighting his recent rise to prominence.
“This is a sponsored tournament, so I really want to win,” said Lee Min-ji, “but I think Korean players will have an advantage because the KLPGA Tour players are all good and the course style is different from the U.S.” He predicted a tough competition.
“If I were a player like Park Ji-young, who wins three or four times a year on the Korean Tour, I would wonder how well I would do on the world stage,” he said, adding, “Players like Choi Hye-jin and Hae-ran Choi who have made it to the U.S. are adapting well, and if they overcome the difficulties, they will enjoy the LPGA Tour.”
Korean-American Lydia Ko (New Zealand) will also be competing in the tournament.
When asked who she thinks will win the tournament, Lydia Ko said, “Pro Minjee Lee.” She praised Lee, saying, “She recently won on the LPGA Tour, and she plays aggressively and makes a lot of birdies and eagles, so I envy her that aspect.”
When asked about her favorite Korean food, she laughed and said, “I have an ‘ajae’ taste,” and added, “I like monkfish stew, soy sauce crab paste, and cheonggukjang.”
Kim Soo-ji, who won the tournament last year, said, “World-ranked players Lee Min-ji and Lydia Ko are the favorites,” adding, “This tournament has a lot of great players from abroad, so I hope it will be a week of learning and playing together.”
Lydia Ko will start the first round at 11 a.m. with Lee Ye-won and Park Ji-young. The other group starting at 10:50 a.m. consists of Park Min-ji, Hwang Yoo-min, and Choi Hye-jin. 카지노사이트