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Lim looks to build on BMW performance at SK Networks Classic

Lim Hee-jeong lines up a putt on the ninth hole during the final round of the BMW Ladies Championship at LPGA International Busan in Busan on Oct. 24. [AP/YONHAP]

Lim Hee-jeong lines up a putt on the ninth hole during the final round of the BMW Ladies Championship at LPGA International Busan in Busan on Oct. 24. [AP/YONHAP]

 
The KLPGA continues with the SK Networks Seokyung Ladies Classic at Pinx Golf Club in Seogwipo, Jeju on Thursday, as Jang Ha-na looks to defend her title and Lim Hee-jeong seeks redemption after narrowly missing out on her first ever LPGA title last week.
 
The SK Networks Classic is the 27th of the 29 KLPGA tournaments this season and 102 golfers will be looking to clinch the third from last tournament title of the season.  
 
Jang leads the group as the defending champion. Last year she won with a total score of 7-under-par, 281, carding three birdies and two bogies on the last day. She beat four golfers Kim Hyo-joo, Park Min-ji, Kim Ji-hyun and Jun U-ree by two strokes to win the title.  
 
“I carry the weight as the defending champion,” said Jang in a pre-tournament interview. “But I will try to enjoy that pressure. I hope the weather is nice this week and that I could hit a good shot on the 10th hole where there is a great view of the sea.”
 
Jang Ha-na plays her shot on the first day of the BMW Championship in LPGA International Busan in Busan on Thursday. [NEWS1]

Jang Ha-na plays her shot on the first day of the BMW Championship in LPGA International Busan in Busan on Thursday. [NEWS1]

 
Jang has 15 KLPGA titles under her belt and has two wins this season at the Lotte Open in June and the KB Financial Group STAR Championship in August. Jang played the LPGA Tour from 2015 to 2017, when she won four LPGA titles to total 19 career wins. She will be looking for her 20th win this weekend.  
 
“I think I still have a chance to win in the three tournaments remaining,” said Jang. “I found my swing form back last week and I want to keep that form going into this tournament.”
 
Lim Hee-jeong, left, and Ko Jin-young embrace after Ko won the BMW Championship after a playoff against Lim on Sunday at LPGA International Busan in Busan. [NEWS1]

Lim Hee-jeong, left, and Ko Jin-young embrace after Ko won the BMW Championship after a playoff against Lim on Sunday at LPGA International Busan in Busan. [NEWS1]

 
Alongside Jang, Lim has her eyes on the trophy after narrowly missing out on her first ever LPGA title after a sudden-death playoff against Ko Jin-young last week at the BMW Championship in Busan. Lim hopes to use her experience finishing runner-up at the 2019 SK Networks Classic to her advantage this time.
 
“I have good memories here,” said Lim. “I think my form is good these days so I feel like I can play well this time too.
 
“Playing the short iron well is important on this course because I will need birdies here more than any other course. My aim is to finish in the top five.”
 
Kim Hyo-joo watches her shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the BMW Ladies Championship at LPGA International Busan in Busan on Saturday. [AP/YONHAP]

Kim Hyo-joo watches her shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the BMW Ladies Championship at LPGA International Busan in Busan on Saturday. [AP/YONHAP]

 
LPGA golfer Kim Hyo-joo stays another week in Korea and joins Lim on the course, as do KLPGA favorites like Park Min-ji and Park Hyun-kyung. The SK Networks Classic starts on Thursday and ends Sunday.  

BY YUN SO-HYANG [yun.sohyang@joongang.co.kr]
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