“I watched a replay of my win on TV. It gave me a boost of confidence .”Song won her first career title at the Hana Financial Group Championship on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour in 2021 as a rookie. She made waves by defeating then World No. 7 Minjee Lee (AUS) in a playoff. From near obscurity, Song used the Hana Financial Group Championship as a springboard to win the Rookie of the Year title and went on to win another title in her second year, making her a household name in the golf world. Song shot a five-under-par 67 in the first round of the KLPGA Tour’s Hana Financial Group Championship ($1.5 billion in prize money) at Bears Best Cheongna Golf Club (Par 72) in Incheon, South Korea on 21st.”Actually, last year I missed the cut at this tournament, so I didn’t have high expectations,” said Song, who is tied for the lead with Lee So-young and Park Hyun-kyung. “Yesterday, the TV showed a replay of the 2021 tournament overtime, so I watched it and my confidence went up,” she smiled .Song Ga-eun, who was upset about her lack of success this year, explained, “My performance hasn’t been great lately, so I’ve been atrophied and my confidence has dropped, but when I saw the scene where I won in overtime, I thought that there was a time when I won like that, so I felt more confident.” The 2021 tournament, which Song won, was held at Adonis Country Club in Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do, but last year and this year it moved to Bears Best Cheongna Golf Club in Incheon .”The course at BearsBest is long and challenging,” Song said, “but I played confidently this year because I had such good memories from last year.”After starting on the 10th hole, Song cruised to birdies on the 11th, 13th, 15th and 17th holes .She dropped a shot at the 18th (par-4) when she dropped her ball in the bunker around the green, but made up for it with a birdie at the fifth (par-3) and then dropped another shot at the ninth (par-5).”The fairways are wide and the rough is not long, so the shot to the green is the most important, and I didn’t make many second shot mistakes today,” said Song, who only missed the green three times on the day. “If I was only playing at 60 to 70 per cent of my game, today I played at 90 per cent. “However, Song has set aside her desire to win the trophy. “My goal is to finish in the top 10,” she said, “and from tomorrow I’ll have to play in some windy conditions, so I’m going to try to attack the greens with less windy control shots .”Lee So-young, who has six career wins but none in odd-numbered years, and Park Hyun-kyung, who has finished runner-up nine times since her third career victory in 2021, will be looking to escape the jinx. The pair combined for five birdies without a bogey .Lee said, “Overall, my shots were good and my putts were good. I had a couple of close calls, but I saved them well.” “I think I’ve found my swing balance recently. I think I can play a stable game in the future. “Park Hyun-kyung, who has been runner-up three times this year, said, “I keep doubting myself because it seems like I can do it but I can’t. I’m trying to get rid of those doubts,” she said, adding, “I thought, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’ so I started working on my grip. I felt like it was okay to miss the cut, so I took it easy, but I was lucky to make two chip-ins and hit some good shots.” Second-year duo Madasom and Patti Thawatanikit (Thailand), who won their maiden title at the OK Financial Group Isman Open four days earlier, are one shot off the lead after a four-under 68.Defending champion Kim Soo-ji, the ‘Autumn Queen’, finished the first day at three-under par 69.Choi Hye-jin and Lee Da-yeon also shot 3-under 69.World No. 7 Minjee Lee (AUS) and World No. 10 Lydia Ko (NZL) are tied for 19th at one-under 바카라사이트 par 71.Park Min-ji shot a two-over-par 74 to miss the cut.