“If I had to choose between playing on the KLPGA Tour and continuing to win or going through a tough time on the LPGA Tour, I would choose the LPGA Tour again.”
‘Hot Six’ Lee Jeong-jeong (27), who has been on a long slump, has declared a resurgence. “I’m really hoping this will be the year of my resurgence,” said Lee, who recently returned to Korea to play in a domestic tournament.토토사이트
In accordance with the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour guidelines, which require players with the same name to have a number after their name in order of entry, Lee’s tour registration is “Lee Jeong-6”. Kim Se-young, a senior golfer on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour, was in Korea for the tournament and was so impressed with Lee’s performance that she said, “She’s a ‘hot six’.” The name is a combination of ‘hot’, meaning hot, and ‘six’, meaning six. At the time, the energy drink “Hot Six” was all the rage, and it became Lee’s signature nickname.
True to her nickname, Lee won six tournaments in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons to become the KLPGA Tour’s money winner for the second consecutive year. She finished the LPGA Tour Qualifying Series at the top of the leaderboard at the end of 2018 and went on to win the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open.
Lee’s rise was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. In 2021, she finished 13th on the money list ($1.08 million) but saved face with a runner-up finish at the Evian Championship. Last year, she dropped to 42nd on the money list ($700,000). While he’s still in the middle of the pack, he’s a far cry from the ‘hot six’ he used to be, especially as he’s made just six starts this year. She has also missed the cut in her last four tournaments. This is because her long, sharp iron shots have become dull. Last year, she ranked 102nd in greens in regulation (67.93 per cent), and this year she is 120th (70.09 per cent).
Lee attributed this to the fact that she trained alone without a coach for nearly three years while playing on the LPGA Tour. She started working on her swing two years ago and spent time fixing her backswing, and is now focusing on getting her timing right during downswing impact. “Even this year, even if I scored well in the first and second rounds, there were times when I faltered badly in one round because my swing wasn’t consistent and I wasn’t used to it yet,” he said. “It was mostly mental.” “Now, however, I have corrected 80% of my swing. However, he added that his swing is now 80 per cent corrected and he hopes to show his fans his ‘hot six’ soon.
“It’s true that this is a tough time, but I’m learning the most in my life,” Lee admitted. “I miss the days on the KLPGA Tour when I was hitting the ball perfectly, but I’m happy with my life on the LPGA Tour,” she said. “There are so many new things to see and learn while travelling overseas, such as the different courses and the atmosphere of playing with LPGA Tour players. I guess you could say it broadened my perspective.”
“Hopefully, this will be the year I win,” he said. He also vowed to improve his world ranking as much as possible to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics after narrowly missing out on a spot at Tokyo 2020.
Lee will look to bounce back from a poor run of form in her last four tournaments when she competes in the LPGA Tour’s Bank of Hope Match Play ($1.5 million purse), which begins on 25 September at Shadow Creek Golf Course (Par 72) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. He faced Sophia Schwartz (USA) on the first day of the group stage and led by two holes going into the 16th before dropping two in the final two holes to draw. She will look to win her remaining two group matches in straight sets to advance to the round of 16.
Elsewhere on the day, defending champion Ji Hee Lee (37) defeated Matilda Kastren (FIN) by three holes with two to play, while Ji-Eun Shin (31) won by three over Anna Lin (27). Kim Se-young (30), Hae-ran Hae (21) and Kim Ah-rim (28) suffered consecutive defeats.