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Seong Yu-jin's determination to open up the LPGA stage "Thanks to my mental strength, I have to play well in the United States and play well in all 14 clubs to survive. I will become a steady player rather than flashy."

Seong Yu-jin had to spend time in emptiness while her classmates, who debuted with her on the 2019 Korean Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour, lifted the championship trophy. However, she was the fastest among her peers to advance to the LPGA Tour. Seong Yu-jin also recorded multiple wins on the KLPGA tour this year, being the only one among her peers to win two.

Sung Yu-jin (23) ranked 85th in prize money in 2019, when she debuted on the Korea Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour. If she wanted to continue playing on the regular tour, she would have to go through a seed match. On the other hand, Lim Hee-jung, her peer of the same age and classmate of her debut, had 3 wins, and Jo A-yeon had 2 wins. Another of her classmates, Park Hyun-kyung, also lifted the trophy at the KLPGA Championship, her first major tournament of the season, the following year (2020). Seong Yu-jin did not record her first win until 2022, four years after her debut.

However, her entry into the LPGA Tour was the fastest among her debut peers. Sung Yu-jin finished the Qualifying (Q) Series, which ended on the 7th, in a tie for 7th place, securing her full seed on the LPGA Tour for next season. Seong Yu-jin's Q series performance was better than Lim Jin-hee (25, tied for 17th place), who was the leader in most wins on the KLGPA tour this season (4 wins). Among the 10 Korean players who participated in this year's Q Series, only one Lee So-mi (24, tied for second place) had a higher ranking than Sung Yu-jin. Seong Yu-jin, ranked 131st in the world, did not qualify for the Q Series, where she ranked 75th, but she made it through Stage 2 of the Q Tournament, which is a preliminary round, and qualified for the Q Series stage.

Seong Yu-jin said, “Like all players, I dreamed of the LPGA Tour ever since I started playing golf. "But she didn't plan on getting ready this quickly," she said. "She was motivated by her experience playing at the LPGA Tour's Lotte Championship in April of this year," she said. As Seong Yu-jin won the KLPGA Tour Lotte Open last year, she was invited to this year's LPGA Tour Lotte Championship. She won and after a close playoff, she took second place. Seong Yu-jin said, “The new challenge and failure (to win) at the time served as an opportunity to become stronger mentally and as a person,” and added, “I think the reason I was able to achieve good results in this Q series was because my mentality improved. “I persevered for 11 days from the practice round to the final day, even when I felt weak and wanted to give up, which led to good results,” he said.

Another person who helped Seong Yu-jin was Rickie Fowler (35, USA). Fowler took the top spot at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in July of this year and experienced victory on the PGA Tour stage for the first time in 4 years and 5 months since February 2019. Seong Yu-jin said, “When I wasn’t winning, I stopped thinking about winning at all. “Instead, I tried to avoid getting hurt by focusing only on what I could do right now,” he said. “In the meantime, Fowler’s thoughts on winning became a great inspiration. 'I am happier than anyone else when I go up, but the way up after a fall is much harder than I thought. “But the interview that said, ‘I won’t give up,’ resonated greatly,” he said.

Seong Yu-jin said, “When I decided to challenge myself on the LPGA Tour stage, I was worried about what I would do if I failed, but I was encouraged by the story that ‘failure is not shameful, but not trying is shameful.’” He added, “You have to face it in person to know what will and won’t work on the American stage.” It seems. Still, one thing is clear: you need to hit well with all 14 clubs in your caddy bag. “I think the short game will be especially important,” he said. In this year's KLPGA Tour, Seong Yu-jin ranked only 27th in average drive distance (244 yards), but ranked 2nd in green hit rate (75.9%). Seong Yu-jin said, “I want to become a consistent player on the American stage, even if it is not as flashy as on the KLPGA tour. “I especially want to win a major tournament,” he said. 스포츠토토맨