Aramco Team Series: Hyo-Joo Kim shines in front of a home crowd

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The South Korean national finished eagle-birdie to take a solo lead going into the second round of the Aramco Team Series
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May 10, 2024
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Amid a difficult day of scoring in the first round of the Aramco Team Series, the World No. 12 finished strong to take a one-shot lead over Mariajo Uribe and Pranavi Urs going into the second day.

The 2014 Evian Championship winner holed out from 60 yards on the 8th hole before making a birdie on the 9th to finish 4-under for the day.

Playing in front of a home crowd, the 28-year-old was supported all day by a devoted fanbase as she plotted her way around the idyllic yet challenging course.

Hyo-Joo Kim's committed fanbase
Hyo-Joo Kim's committed fanbase

With the rest of the field struggling to post a good score —  only fourteen players carded even par or better — Hyo-Joo Kim’s previous knowledge of the course proved valuable.

“I wish they had played the music a bit louder, but it was quite enjoyable!” said Kim “Also, it was the first time playing with four people in a match. I’m working on the things that I wanted to improve this year and I feel like it’s getting better and better.”

Team Gustavsson sits atop the leaderboard in the team event, taking a three-shot solo lead heading into the final day. Made up of Johanna Gustavsson, Laura Beveridge, Gemma Clews and amateur Jaeho Shin, the fourball posted an impressive 13-under par.

Team Gustavsson
Johanna Gustavsson, Laura Beveridge, Gemma Clews and amateur Jaeho Shin

“I hit a lot of fairways,” said captain Gustavsson, who finished the day at one under. “I drove it very well, putted ok, but missed a few chances – so hopefully tomorrow there’s a chance to be even better.”

Rain is forecasted for day two which could prove beneficial for scoring, slowing down the lightning-quick greens to offer better control on the greens and more birdie opportunities.

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Jack is the editor of Golf Today. Having spent ten years playing competitively at a high amateur level and five years at county, he has carried his knowledge of the game into the world of journalism. He once set the course record at his home club, only for it to be beaten a month later.

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