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Practicing putts in the cold until dusk Lim books fourth win

Jinhee Lim's tee shot.

Among the players on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour, Jin-hee Lim has one of the longest training regimens.

When her teammates ask her to name a player who trains a lot, they don't hesitate to point to her.

After the first round of the KLPGA Tour's final event of the season, the SK Shielders-SK Telecom Open (total prize money of 1 billion won), held at Rabiebel Country Club Old Course (Par 72) in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, on April 10, Lim practiced putting on the practice green until dark.

After carding five birdies without a bogey in the first round to finish in second place, one stroke behind leader Lee Da-yeon, Lim wasn't about to stop practicing.

The chilly conditions, with temperatures dipping below freezing, only got colder as the sun went down, but it was Jinhee Lim who was the last player to leave the practice green.

Im carded seven birdies and one bogey in her second round on Wednesday to shoot a 6-under 66 and move into sole possession of the lead (11-under 133), two strokes off the pace of Lee, who dropped three strokes.

If she maintains this position in the final round on Wednesday, she will win her fourth title of the season.

The only other individual title up for grabs at the tournament is the Order of Merit, as Lee has already clinched the money prize and the grand prize, and has virtually locked up the top spot in stroke average.

Lee, who will also be tied for the most wins with a victory, kept herself in contention until the final round, when she carded five birdies and two bogeys to cut three strokes.

Bang Shin-sil, the only other rookie with two wins, shot a 3-under 69 and is tied for third (5-under 139) with Chung So-i.

Chung Soi-yi dropped one stroke on the day to finish third for the second straight day.

Defending champion Park Min-ji, who shot an 11-over-par 83 the day before, her lowest score of the season, shot a 1-under-par 71 to move into a tie for 59th place (10-over-par 154).
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