‘Challenging to defend my first title’ Jung Yoon-ji “When I open E1 Charity, I think of me”

Jung Yun-ji, 23, will defend her title for the first time on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour.

Jung will enter the KLPGA Tour’s E1 Charity Open ($900,000) as the defending champion at the par-72 Seongmunan Country Club in Wonju, Gangwon Province, starting on Sept. 26.

He won last year’s E1 Charity Open at South 먹튀검증 Springs in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do, in a five-way playoff. With his first win in the tournament, he has set his sights on winning his second straight title and his second career victory.

“It’s my first tournament as the defending champion, so I’m both excited and nervous. Last year, I won the title in five overtime games, so many people recognized me and supported me, which has given me a lot of strength. So winning my first title last year meant a lot to me.”

“Actually, I’m not putting well lately. For this tournament, I’ll be focusing on my putt distance the most. I know it will be very difficult to defend my title. However, I will play a good game so that when people think of ‘E1 Charity Open,’ they will think of Jung Yoon-ji.”

Jung Yoon-ji won the E1 Charity Open in 2022.

After finishing 13th at the Lotte Rent-a-Car Women’s Open, the opening event of the year in Korea, Jung finished eighth at the Mediheal-Korea Times Championship, and then finished ninth at the Gyochon 1991 Ladies Open to earn a top-10 finish. It will be interesting to see if she can win back-to-back titles as she has been showing off her skills since her victory.

In addition to Jung, there are two other international players in the field. Choi Hye-jin (24), who plays on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour, will be joined by Yoo So-yeon (34) as a recommended player. Defending champion Kim Bo-kyung (37) will also be in attendance.

Choi played in the 2023 season opener, the Hana Financial Group Singapore Women’s Open, last year and finished tied for 18th. It will be interesting to see if she can add to her win total after two years and five months on the KLPGA Tour. Choi’s last KLPGA Tour victory came at the SK Telecom-ADT Caps Championship in November 2020.

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