Among the ‘monsters’… Park Sang-hyun was seasoned
- on May 12, 2023
Veteran Park Sang-hyeon (40) countered the long hits of Korea’s longest hitter Jeong Chan-min (24) and Lim Seong-jae (25), who plays on the American Professional Golf (PGA) tour, with elaborate approach shots and putts.
In the first round of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour Woori Financial Championship (total prize money of 1.5 billion won)스포츠토토 held at Ferrum Club (par 72, 7232 yards) in Yeoju, Gyeonggi Province on the 11th, Park Sang-hyun hit 4 under par 68 with 5 birdies and 1 bogey to take the lead. He started in a tie for second place, one stroke behind Han Seung-soo (USA). His driving distance was 30 to 40 yards behind the two juniors, but his performance on the first day was the most advanced.
Fans who want to see first-hand the interesting confrontation between Lim Seong-jae, who has been competing in a domestic tournament for the first time in 3 years and 7 months, Jung Chan-min, who raised his stock price by winning last week, and Park Sang-hyun, who won 11 wins on the KPGA Korean Tour, visited the 1st hole (par 4) tee ground on weekends and on weekends. It radiated the same heat.
Jeong Chan-min easily hit his tee shot on the first hole 313 yards, eliciting admiration from the fans. He sent 14 more yards than Lim Seong-jae (299 yards), and had a 45-yard gap with Park Sang-hyun (268 yards), who had a short distance. Fans who saw their distance in front of their eyes expected an exciting confrontation, saying, “Park Sang-hyun must be very difficult.”
The atmosphere seemed to have already cheered up when Im Seong-jae took a lead by putting a 4m birdie on the 1st hole and adding birdies on the 3rd hole (par 3) and 7th hole (par 4). Im Seong-jae’s stable play seemed to have energized Chan-min Jung, who sent a tee shot to the right OB area in the 5th hole (par 5) and committed a double bogey, and also made a bogey at the next hole and was greatly shaken.
However, the situation changed dramatically when Lim Seong-jae hit a driver shot to the left OB area in the 9th hole (par 5). Park Sang-hyun gained strength after Lim Seong-jae recorded a 3-putt bogey in the 10th hole (par 4) and lost all the strokes he had earned.
From the 11th hole, Park Sang-hyun made 3 consecutive accurate approach shots, catching a line birdie from a distance of 1.5 to 2m, and quickly rose to the lead, then added a birdie at the 18th hole (par 5) and finished happily. Im Seong-jae missed several birdie putts and shook his head and looked tired, but finished with a 1-under 71 with a birdie on the last hole. Jeong Chan-min also made four birdies and tied for the top 20 alongside Lim Seong-jae, promising the second round.
After the game, Park Sang-hyun said, “It wasn’t difficult because I hadn’t played with long hitters once or twice. I have always been the owner of the second shot,” he laughed. Im Seong-jae said, “I feel like I’ve been fatigued from the ninth hole,” and “I hope I can adapt to the jet lag from tomorrow and do well.”
Seo Yo-seop recorded a hole-in-one on the downhill 186-yard 16th hole (par 3) and enjoyed the good fortune of receiving a luxury car as an injury. He lost 4 strokes until the 14th hole, then reduced 4 strokes in the last 4 holes and powered up with an even par 72.