Posted by: happyfan08 | May 24, 2009

KLPGA Doosan Match Play finale

Four golfers, one crown, two rounds to be played.  This is what everything had been leading up to!

The Final Four

The Final Four

Semifinals:
Match 1: #3 He Yong Choi vs. #63 Hyun Joo Lee

Hyun Joo Lee was without question the Cinderella of this year’s Match Play tournament.  She had already eliminated #2 Ha Neul Kim and #7 Ran Hong, the top two players in her section.  Could she beat another top player in He Yong Choi?

The short answer is ‘no’.  Choi established who was boss immediately with four straight birdies to start her day, and kept the punishing pace up the rest of the way, incinerating the hapless Lee 7 & 5 when all was said and done.  It was one of the biggest wins anyone had had all week.  So, for the second time, Choi found herself in the finals of this event.

He Yong Choi

He Yong Choi

Match #2: #5 So Yeon Ryu vs. #16 Hye Jin Jung.

The second semifinal was a much closer matchup.  Jung was 1 up at the turn, but Ryu made birdie on 10 and Jung bogey on 11, and so Ryu took the lead.  The key hole was 16, where Ryu made another birdie to take a 2 up lead.  She went on to win 2 & 1. 

And just like that, the final was set!  The two 18 year old stars and longtime rivals, So Yeon Ryu and He Yong Choi, would duke it out for the title. 

So Yeon Ryu in the semifinals

So Yeon Ryu in the semifinals

The final

This match turned out to be everything that had been promised.  Ryu drew first blood with birdies on two of the first three holes.  They both birdied 5, then Choi bogied 6 to fall 3 down.  That’s how things were at the turn.

So Yeon in the Finals

So Yeon in the Finals

But Choi came roaring back after that.  She made birdie on 10 to cut the lead to 2.  When Ryu bogied 14, the lead was one.  Choi then made birdie on 17, and the match was all square with one to go.  After both made par, the match ended the way it had to: in extra holes.

He Yong Choi & So Yeon Ryu

He Yong Choi & So Yeon Ryu

This was something Ryu was used to by now: it was her third overtime match in this tournament.  The battle continued for another nine grueling holes, neither player giving an inch.  It was one of the most epic, brilliant matches in KLPGA history.  It was also the longest playoff on the KLPGA tour since Soo Yun Kang beat Aram Seo for the 1997 Korean Women’s Open (that one took 11 holes).

He Yong Choi

He Yong Choi

Finally, on the 27th hole, the ninth playoff hole, 7 hours and 11 minutes after they had teed off, the title was decided.  It was Choi who at long last blinked first, and So Yeon Ryu became the champion of the 2009 Doosan Match Play Championship.  For the second straight year, Choi had to live with the runner up result.

So Yeon Ryu Wins!

So Yeon Ryu Wins!

Champagne bath for Ryu!

Champagne bath for Ryu!

It was a match for the ages, and even though one of them had to lose, this rivalry between Choi and Ryu has only grown greater as a result.  Congratulations to So Yeon Ryu on her second win of the year, and to He Yong Choi for making this event so memorable!

The Champion!

The Champion!

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