A total of 22 Korean players advanced to the third round at the Korea Championship, co-hosted by the DP World Tour and the Korea Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour.
On the 27th at Incheon Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea (par 72, 7470 yards), the Korea Championship (total prize money of 2 million dollars) kicked off over four days. It is a co-sponsored tournament of the KPGA Korean Tour and DP World Tour, held for the first time in 10 years since 2013. A total of 156 people participated, including 95 top-ranked DP World Tour seeds, 57 top-ranked KPGA Korean Tour seeds, and 4 recommended players. Among them, 60 are Korean nationals.
With a prize money of $340,000 (approximately KRW 450 million) and two-year championship seeds for each of the DP World Tour and KPGA Korean Tour, the competition among players to become the first champion is fiercer than ever.
Park Sang-hyun, the representative star of the Korean Tour, ‘Man to Trust’, stands out. On the first day of the tournament, he tied for second place, and on the second day, he was tied for the lead with Yannick Paul (Germany) with an interim total of 8 under par, showing off his veteran side. In the situation where there is a rain forecast on Saturday, the moving day, Park Sang-hyun said, “European players often play in bad weather conditions much worse than Korean players, so I don’t think it will be advantageous.” I will focus on maintaining it. I plan to empty my mind and play without being greedy to win.”
Following Park Sang-hyun, Ok Tae-hun climbed to the top with a tie for 5th place with an interim total of 6 under par. Ok Tae-hoon is a player who won the Asian Tour International Series Korea held in Jeju Island in August last year. Ok Tae-hoon, who had the best season last year with his first win, is also a reserve star aiming for his first win on the Korean Tour this year.ㅋㅋㅋ벳
Bio Kim, Kyung-Nam Kang, Ji-Ho Yang, Jung-Gon Hwang, and Jin-Jae Byeon finished the second round with a tie for 11th place with an interim total of 5 under par.
Jeon Ga-ram, who returned from the military this year, is also raising the sense of shot smoothly. Garam Jeon is tied for 32nd at 2 under par. Jang Hee-min, a second-year Korean Tour player, and Bae Sang-moon, who came out as a recommended player, also formed a joint 32nd place group.