Park Eun-Shin, Lee Seung-Taek, Jeong-Yoon, the ‘Three-Headed Horse’ that couldn’t stop 365 bunkers
After avoiding all the crater bunkers in the first round of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Tour’s Bizplay Electronics Open ($700 million in prize money), Park Eun Shin, Lee Seung Taek and Jung Yoon (USA) are tied for the lead at 7-under-par 65 on Thursday.
The venue, Jeonnam Youngam Cosmos Rings (Par 72-7040), is a minefield of small crater-like bunkers, with a whopping 365 of them on 18 holes. Moreover, these bunkers are as narrow as 2 meters in diameter and as deep as a man’s height, so once you go in, you have to lose a stroke.
The South Korean went seven under par without a bogey on the day. After starting his round on the 10th (par-4), Park birdied the 11th (par-4), 13th (par-5) and 16th (par-4) before making eagle on the 18th (par-5). Her shot for a two-on landed in the rough next to the green, but she hit her approach shot about 27 meters (29.63 yards) into the hole. Park added birdies on the back nine at the third (par-5) and seventh (par-3) to close out her first round.
“There are a lot of bunkers on the course, so it’s quite tricky off the tee,” Park said, “but if I just keep it in the fairway, I feel like it’s easy to make shots and I can play without much trouble.”
“I’m going to play as calmly as I did today,” said Park, who fell into a bunker around the green once on the back nine (par-4) but avoided all the cratered bunkers.
Lee also had seven birdies without a bogey. He birdied the 1st (par-4), 2nd (par-4), 3rd, 9th, 11th, 14th (par-3), and 15th (par-3). On the 18th, his tee shot went into the next hole, but he parred it to take the first step toward his first win.메이저놀이터
Behind Park, Lee, Seung-Taek and Jeong, Seo finished in fourth place with a 6-under-par 66. Seo made seven birdies, including five in a row on the back nine from the first to the fifth (par-3), but added a bogey to finish one shot behind in fourth place.