Lim Seong-jae, who participated in domestic competitions, had a shot showdown with Jeong Chan-min, a ‘strong hitter’… Lee Kyung-hoon challenges AT&T Byron Nelson’s 3rd consecutive victory
Lim Seong-jae is on the Korean Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour, and Lee Kyung-hoon is aiming for the first 3 consecutive victories in the history of a Korean player on the American Professional Golf (PGA) Tour.
Im Seong-jae and Lee Kyung-hoon, who tied for 8th place at the Wells Fargo Championship, a special event on the PGA Tour last week, will challenge for championships in Korea and the United States.
Lim Seong-jae, ranked 18th in the world, participated in the Woori Financial Championship (total prize money of 1.5 billion won) held at the Ferrum Club (par 72, 7232 yards) in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do for four days from the 11th, 3 years and 7 months after the 2019 Genesis Championship (October). Aiming to win the national championship. Lim Seong-jae was infected with Corona 19 right before participating in this tournament, which was created last year, and suffered an unfortunate situation where he could not even go to the PGA Championship in the US major tournament.
In the first round of the tournament, Lim Seong-jae is placed in the same group as Jeong Chan-min, winner of the 42nd GS Caltex Maekyung Open last week, and Park Sang-hyun, a veteran of 11 wins on the Korean Tour, and starts playing together at 12:57. Im Seong-jae, who has been showing stable performance in the top 10 for the last 3 consecutive times and the top 10 for 7 times in the 2022-2023 season, with elaborate iron shots, draws keen attention to what kind of game he will play with Chan-min Jeong, a “strong hitter” and Sang-hyun Park, who is full of skill.
Jang Hee-min, who received advice from Im Seong-jae in last year’s practice round and won the championship cup, will challenge for the second year in a row, and season opener Go Gun-taek, Kim Bio, Seo Yo-seop, Lee Jung-hwan, Bae Yong-joon, Heo In-hoe, etc. will try to win the season’s highest prize money competition.
At the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September, amateur national duo Jo Woo-young and Jang Yu-bin, who will team up with Lim Seong-jae, will also appear. Jo Woo-young caused an amateur championship in 10 years at the KPGA Korean Tour Golf Zone Open last month, and Jang Yu-bin also proved his skills by winning the Srixon Tour (Part 2) and finishing in a tie for 8th place last week.
Lee Kyung-hoon aims to win the PGA Tour AT&T Byron Nelson (total prize money of 9.5 million dollars) held at TPC Craig Ranch (par 71, 7414 yards) in McKinney, Texas for four days from the 11th for three consecutive years. Lee Kyung-hoon, who won his first title in this tournament in 2021 after his 80th appearance on the PGA Tour, recorded his first title defense by a Korean player last year and won two wins in his career.
The PGA Tour homepage predicted Lee Kyung-hoon as a strong contender for the championship again this year, and placed him second in the power rankings behind Scotty Scheffler (USA), who is ranked second in the world. Lee Gyeong-hoon was sluggish until this tournament last year, but he found a breakthrough by linking his determination to “do my best with a humble heart as a defending champion” to victory. Afterwards, Lee Kyung-hoon went to the 2022 Presidents Cup with stable performance and made an opportunity to grow further.
Kim Joo-hyung ranks 3rd in the power rankings and is highly anticipated, and 8 Korean players including Kim Si-woo, Ahn Byeong-hun, Kim Seong-hyun, Kang Seong-hun, Bae Sang-moon and Noh Seung-yeol will participate. Matt Kucha (USA), Jason Day, Adam Scott (above Australia), Tyrell Hatton (England), and Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) are strong candidates to check Lee’s three-game losing streak.메이저놀이터