‘K Golf’s youngest’ Kim Joo-hyung finished the first day in 4th place with 8 strokes, while ‘New Groom’ Im Seong-jae also showed off his good shot sense by catching 7 birdies without bogey. His eldest brother, Lee Gyeong-hoon, cut 5 strokes with 1 eagle and 3 birdies.
In the first round of the 메이저사이트 US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour Sentry Tournament of Champions held on the 6th (Korean time), Im Seong-jae recorded a 7 under par 66 and tied for 5th place.
Although it was the first PGA Tour event of the new year and the first tournament he participated in since his wedding on December 17 last year, Im Seong-jae boasted a highly sensitive shot sense with a fairway hit rate of 93.3% and a green hit rate of 94.4%. Im Seong-jae qualified for this tournament, which is called ‘The King of Kings’, and although he did not win last season, he advanced to the ‘Final 30 Bloody Fight’ Tour Championship and came in second place.
On the Plantation Course (par 73) in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, USA, where eagles appear one after another, Im Seong-jae showed satisfaction, although it was regrettable that he only caught a birdie. Looking back, Im Seong-jae said, “I started off well by hitting 7 under par in the first round today.” Im Seong-jae said, “It’s windy, but the fairway is wider than other courses, so I think I can create a chance if I put my tee shot on the fairway well.” I expected it.
Lee Gyeong-hoon, who became the first Korean player to record two consecutive victories in PGA Tour events last season, also finished the first day without incident. Looking back, “He finished the first round of the year in a good mood,” Lee Kyung-hoon replied, “I also did an eagle for the first time. I finished in a good mood.” “Since it’s a par 5 hole, I thought I’d just make a birdie. But the second shot stuck about 4m from the hole, and I thought it would be nice to just put it in, but it really went in,” he smiled brightly.