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‘No more runners-up’ Park Hyun-kyung hopes to lead 3Rs this time around

Park Hyun-kyung is looking to escape the ‘runner-up jinx’ for the second year in a row. Park shot a 4-under 68 with five birdies in the third round of the SK networks-Seoul Economic Ladies (800 million won) on the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour at Pinx Golf Club (Par 72) in Seogwipo City, Jeju Province, on Monday. With a 5-under par 211 total, Park is tied for the lead heading into the final round with Lee Da-yeon, Im Jin-hee, and Bae So-hyun. Park has finished runner-up nine times without a win since her career-best third-place finish at the Chris F&C KLPGA Championship in May 2021. She has finished runner-up in three consecutive events in 2021 and has already finished runner-up three times this year.Her seventh-best scoring average and sixth-best Order of Merit this year suggest that she’s in good enough shape to win at any time, but she fell just one step short of the title.

It’s been two months since Park led the final round at the Doosan E&C Weave Championship in August. “I think I’m not playing well because I’m desperate to win,” said Park, who was unable to hold onto the lead in the final round and finished tied for sixth. “I’m trying to let go of my desire to win and just play for fun,” she said .”I think I’m past the point of desperation. I’m grateful for the support I get from people around me, but it tends to make me shrink, so I’m trying to relax and not think about winning,” she said. Park diagnosed her situation as “more mental than technical,” and said, “There is no problem with reducing the number of hits in the technical part. It’s the psychological part that’s important,” she said, repeatedly hypnotizing herself to play the final round without pressure. “My shot feeling has been improving since the last tournament,” Park said, adding, “Yesterday I struggled a bit with the wind, but I hit a lot of good shots on the first day and today.” Her 68 was the best score of the day.

Her 68 was the best score of the day .However, Park will have to overcome some strong competition if she is to escape the runner-up jinx and win the title. Lee, who has won two major tournaments this year, the Chris F&C KLPGA Championship and the Hana Financial Group Championship, is two shots off the lead after the day and will be looking 슬롯게이밍 for her third win of the season.


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