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‘MASTER OF DEFENDING TITLES’ PARK MIN-JI TO DEFEND TITLE FOR THIRD TIME THIS SEASON

Park Min-ji has made another bid to match the record of Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour legend Koo Ok-hee.Park will compete in the KLPGA Tour’s fourth major of the season, the KB Financial Star Championship, at Blackstone Golf Club (Par 72) in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do, from 7 July.Park will be defending her title after winning the event last year.Park is one of the best ‘title defence masters’ in the game.She has successfully defended her title five times so far.This is second on the all-time list, behind Koo Ok-hee’s eight successful defences.She has a long way to go to catch up with Goo in terms of number of successful title defences.However, there is still time to catch up to the record for most title defences in a season.The record for most title defences in a season is three, set by Okhee Koo in 1982. Koo successfully defended her title three times, at the Suwon Open, Donghae Open and KLPGA Championship.Park Min-ji has defended her title twice this year. In June, she won back-to-back titles at the Celltrion Queens Masters and the BC Card-Hankyung Ladies Cup.If Park wins her second consecutive KB Financial Star Championship, she will share the record for most title defences in a season with Koo Ok-hee.After the KB Financial Star Championship, Park still has two more title defences to play, the Hite Jinro Championship and the SK Shielders-SK Telecom Championship, so there is still a chance she could surpass Koo.Park’s form has been on the rise, as evidenced by her three consecutive top-10 finishes.Park prefers challenging courses, so she will be delighted to be playing at Blackstone Golf Club, which is renowned for its long lengths, complex routes to the greens and difficulty.With the victory, Park consolidates his lead in the Order of Merit and closes the gap on world number one Lee Ye-won, who remains in fourth place on the money list.Lee, who has two wins on the season and leads the money list, prepared for this event by skipping the KG Ladies Open, which concluded three days ago.Sponsored by the tournament’s organisers, KB Financial, Lee wants more than anything to win the KB Financial Star Championship.She is only in her second year as a professional, but she knows every inch of Blackstone Golf Club, having competed in three consecutive KB Financial Star Championships as a junior.Park Min-ji, Lee Ye-won, Park Ji-young and Lim Jin-hee will also be battling for a third win of the season.Kim Soo-ji, who always seems to come back stronger in autumn, will be looking to make it back-to-back majors at the Hanwha Classic.Jeon In-ji, who plays on the US Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour, will be returning to Korea for the first time in a year. The 2015 champion, who is sponsored by KB Financial, has played in the KB Financial Star Championship every year.It will be interesting to see how 카지노 she performs after winning her first career title in her 260th start.

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