Park Sang-hyun, KPGA Korean Tour Opening Day Challenge for the first time in history
Park Sang-hyun (40), the Korean men’s golf leader, will challenge for the first two championships and two consecutive wins in the DB Insurance Promy Open (total prize money of 700 million won), the opening game of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour.
The DB Insurance Promy Open will be held at the Old Course (par 72) of Ravievell Country Club in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do for four days from the 13th.
From the 2011 competition, which was hosted exclusively by DB Insurance, to last year, 11 competitions (2020 was not held due to the aftermath of the spread of Corona 19), all of these competitions produced different winners. Last year’s champion, Park Sang-hyun, is aiming to win two consecutive victories and two championships for the first time in history. Park Sang-hyun entered the final round with a tie for 9th place, 5 strokes behind the solo leader at last year’s tournament, and achieved a come-from-behind victory by reducing 4 strokes on the final day.
Park Sang-hyun said through KPGA, “Winning the 2022 tournament is meaningful. He won the opening game for the first time since his tour debut, and it was because he won the championship by playing in front of fans in two years,” he said. Adapting quickly to the competition course is key. The goal is, of course, to defend the title.” Park Sang-hyun, who has accumulated 13 wins (11 domestic wins and 2 Japanese tour wins) since entering the tour in 2005, has never successfully defended his title.
In addition, Park Sang-hyun earned 4,386,566,753 won in prize money until last year, ranking first in the country’s total prize money. If he wins this tournament, he will receive 140 million won in prize money for his championship, exceeding the total prize money of 4.5 billion won.
In addition to Park Sang-hyun, Moon Do-yeop (31), Choi Jin-ho (39), Lee Dong-min (38), Lee Ki-sang (37), Kang Gyeong-nam (40), and Heo In-hoe (36) will challenge for the second championship. Garam Jeon (28), who won this competition in 2018, will have a comeback through this competition after being discharged last year.
Moon Do-yeop, Seo Yo-seop (27), and Jang Hee-min (21), who are sponsored by DB Insurance, aim to become champions of the tournament hosted by the main sponsor. Moon Do-yeop will be on tour in 2019, Seo Yo-seop in 2021, and Jang Hee-min from this year wearing a hat engraved with DB damage insurance.
In particular, Seo Yo-seop won two consecutive victories at the Bodyfriend Phantom Robo Gunsan CC Open and the LX Championship last year. Until the Golf Zone-Toray Open, the tournament right before the final match, he was ranked first in Genesis points, and he was likely to win the Genesis Grand Prize for the first time in his life. However, he tied for 15th in the final LG Signature Players Championship and finished the season in second place in Genesis points, behind Kim Young-soo (34), who won the championship at the time.
Seo Yo-seop said, “As the opening match approaches, I will put the regretful memories behind me. He is well prepared for the season. The tee shot is also stable, and the ability to use putts and approach shots around the green is much better than last year.” If I win the opening game, my confidence will increase to achieve my goal.”
Garam Jeon and Taewoo Kim (30), who are returning to the tour this season after being discharged, and Sanghyun Kim (29), Hyungwook Park (24), and Yooseok Lee (24), who will be rookies this year, are also noteworthy. “Monster” Kim Kyung-tae (37), who will return to the Korean tour this year as a permanent seed, is also welcomed. 메이저사이트
Ahn Seong-hyeon (14), the national team member, participates as a recommended player for the second year in a row following last year. Ahn Seong-hyun participated in the 17th DB Insurance Promy Open last year at the age of 12 years, 11 months and 16 days, setting the record for the youngest player to participate in the Korean Tour. In addition, at the Biz Play Electronic Newspaper Open in August of last year, he succeeded in passing the cut at the age of 13 years, 3 months and 19 days, setting the record for the youngest Korean Tour to pass the cut, breaking the record for the youngest.
Meanwhile, this tournament will be held at the Old Course at Ravier Bell Country Club for the second year in a row. This year, unlike last year, which was played at par 71, it was set at par 72, and the length was increased by 30 yards. Hole 11, which was a par 4 hole last year, was created as a par 5 hole. Hole 11 is the most difficult hole in the 2022 tournament. In the 11th hole for four days, 143 bogeys, 24 double bogeys, and 3 triple bogeys were mass-produced. The average number of strokes was 4.43, far exceeding the standard number of strokes of 4.