Enthusiasm for the green jacket … ‘Korea’s Masters’ just arrived
- on May 03, 2023
The 42nd GS Caltex Maekyung Open, ‘Korea’s Masters’, featuring top golfers representing Korea and Asia, has completed all preparations to begin its grand journey. At 6:30 am on the 4th, at Hall 1 of Namseoul CC, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, if the first player of the first group hits a tee shot, a fierce four-day battle will begin to determine the winner for a total prize money of 1.3 billion won and a prize money of 300 million won.
The GS Caltex Maekyung Open, which has been held continuously since 1982, is one of the best tournaments in Korea with a long history. Among the Korean players participating in this tournament, the status is different. Since I grew up watching the GS Caltex Maekyung Open, most of the players picked it as the tournament they want to win the most. Asian Tour players have been waiting for this tournament. It is to win the championship of foreign national players who last stopped in 2004.
The appearances of the players on the roster for this tournament jointly organized by the Korea Golf Association (KGA) and the Asian Tour are splendid.
The group that draws attention from golf fans in the first day group formation announced by the tournament organizing committee ahead of the opening is the 28th group, which includes defending champion Bio Kim, world No. 92 Sadom Kaew Kanjana (Thailand), and professional amateur Jo Woo-young (22). As the players representing Korea and Asia take their first steps on the first hole at 12:03 p.m., it is expected that the largest number of spectators will gather from the first day.
Bio Kim, who is trying to win the first three tournaments in history and the first two consecutive victories in Namseoul, said, “I hope this year to rise to the top and decorate a page in the history of the GS Caltex Maekyung Open. I will try hard with the goal of winning.” I want to show a great play as much as I look for it. I will start the first day in a good mood, imagining the scene of holding the championship cup in my arms on the 18th토스카지노 hole green on the afternoon of the 7th, when the final day will be played.”
Groups 15 and 16, which belong to Park Sang-hyun (40), the winner in 2016 and 2018, and Lee Tae-hee (39), the first person to win the GS Caltex Maekyung Open twice in a row, are bound to be of interest to golf fans. Park Sang-hyun started the first round at the 10th hole at 6:52 am with Cho Min-gyu (35) and Jang Yu-bin (21) from the national team. blows
Also noteworthy are Group 26, featuring former champions Lee Sang-hee, Moon Gyeong-jun, and Kim Dae-hyun, and Group 29, featuring Bae Yong-joon, who is said to be the future of golf in Korea and Thailand, and Phachara Kongwat Mai (Thailand). In addition, golf fans who visited Namseoul CC, with players with outstanding skills putting their names in various groups, became agonized over which group to follow.
The history of Korean golf and the living witnesses of the GS Caltex Maekyung Open, Choi Sang-ho (68) and Kim Jong-deok (62) belong to the ‘Legendary Group’ are interested in what kind of results they will achieve. Choi Sang-ho, the 10th and 24th winner, is a legend of the GS Caltex Maekyung Open, holding the record for the oldest win (50 years, 4 months and 25 days) and the oldest passing the cut (62 years, 4 months and 1 day). If Choi Sang-ho succeeds in passing the cut in this tournament, he will change the record for the oldest cut. Kim Jong-deok, the 13-time champion, expressed his ambition that he would not experience the pain of missing the cut last year this year.
Choi Sang-ho said, “I am happy to compete with young players at the GS Caltex Maekyung Open, one of the best tournaments in Korea.” raised
Some players have returned from military service. I am Lee Soo-min, a ‘reservist’. Lee Soo-min, who won 4 wins and 1 win in the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour and DP World Tour, respectively, expressed her determination to show the strength of a reserve player at the GS Caltex Maekyung Open. Starting this tournament at 6:30 a.m. on the 10th hole, Sumin Lee emphasized, “I feel good to compete with the best players in Korea. I will imprint my name on golf fans once again with good results in this tournament.” did.