Park Seong-hyun, the former world number one in women’s golf, finished the 2023 season with her lowest personal score in 18 holes in 4 years and 2 months.
Seong-Hyun Park hit 6 under par 66 in the final 4th round of the LPGA Tour BMW Ladies Championship held at Seowon Hills Course (par 72) at Seowon Valley Country Club in Paju, Gyeonggi-do on the 22nd.
In the last competition of the season, Park Seong-hyun recorded a total of 9 under par 279 over four days. Seong-Hyun Park, who finished the competition in a tie for 16th place, recorded his personal best performance of the season, surpassing a tie for 39th place at the Shoprite Classic in June. He entered the top 20 for the first time in a year and four months since tying for 15th at the Shoprite Classic in June last year.
On this day, Park Seong-hyun hit 6 under par 66 over 18 holes. It was his lowest personal score in 4 years and 2 months since 7 under par in the second round of the Portland Classic in August 2019. They performed well in the last competition of the season, raising expectations for a revival next season.
After the game, Park Seong-hyun said, “I didn’t sleep well last night, perhaps because today was the last game of the season. It’s unfortunate that time seems to have passed too quickly, but I am relieved because today was the best performance of the season and the game content was good.” He expressed his thoughts after finishing it.
At the same time, Park Seong-hyun said, “My putting has been going well since yesterday,” and “I found a problem with my address posture and corrected it a little, and my sense of touch and distance have improved, and my confidence has also increased a lot.” He cited putting as the secret to his success in this tournament.
Born in 1993, Park Seong-hyun debuted on the KLPGA tour in 2014. He has 10 wins on the domestic stage. In 2016, he won the prize money king and stroke average awards.
After dominating the domestic stage, she has been playing on the LPGA tour since 2017. She won the US Women’s Open in her rookie season and swept the Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year awards.
He recorded 3 wins in 2018 and 2 wins in 2019. She was also ranked No. 1 in the women’s golf world rankings. However, she has yet to add to her wins since June 2019, when she won the Arkansas Championship, which gave her her seventh career LPGA Tour win.
Park Seong-hyun cited ‘compassion’ as the cause of his poor performance, along with a shoulder injury. Park Seong-hyun confessed, “I was physically sick, and there were many complex reasons. But I thought I would quickly get back to the way I was before, but I was conceited.”
At the same time, Park Seong-hyun said, “I have continued to prepare for the past three to four years with the mindset of starting from scratch. Now, little by little, I think the results are coming out.”
Park Sung-hyun predicted a revival next season. Park Seong-hyun was confident, “If his performance is the same as in the 3rd and 4th rounds, I think he can definitely win next year.”
At the same time, Park Seong-hyun emphasized, “I really want to win, and I am practicing and playing with only that goal in mind, so it will definitely happen next year.”
In order to revive, training begins earlier than usual. Park Seong-hyun said, “Because the season ended a little early, I plan to start training early,” and pledged, “I gained confidence, but it is sad that the season is over, but I will have to put in a lot of effort to continue this feeling until next year.”
He also expressed his gratitude to the members of his fan club ‘Namdala’ who always give him warm support. During the final round of the competition, more than 100 fan club members visited the competition venue and cheered for Park Seong-hyun.
Park Seong-hyun said, “In Korea, many fans come to support us at every game,” adding, “It gives me a lot of energy. I’m really grateful.”