Kim Joo-hyung (21) was named in the top 5 at the first tournament of the 2023 US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour.
In the final 4th round of the tournament held on the 9th (Korean time) at Kapalua Plantation Course (par 73, 7,596 yards) in Kapalua, Maui Island, Hawaii, USA, Kim Joo-hyung tied 6 birdies and a bogey and hit 5 under par 68 strokes.
Kim Joo-hyung, who scored a final total of 22 under par 270, finished the tournament in a tie for 5th place with JJ Spun (USA).
Kim Joo-hyung participated for the first time in this tournament with the character of ‘King of Kings’, where only players who won the PGA Tour last year or participated in the Tour Championship, the final match of the season, can participate.
Having won two wins at the Wyndham Championship in August of last year and the Shriners Children’s Open in October, he raised expectations for the new year by maintaining the top 5 for all four days in this tournament, his first since signing a sponsorship contract with Nike.
On this day, who started in a tie for 5th place, Kim Joo-hyung traded a bogey for a birdie in the first half and was unable to reduce the number of strokes.
However, he caught a birdie after putting the second shot on the 12th hole (par 4) about 2m away from the hole, and on the 14th to 16th holes, birdies came out in a row and went up. Then, on the last hole 18 (par 5), he added a birdie with a two-on two-putt.
As a Korean player, Lee Kyung-hoon (32) tied for 7th place (21 under par, 271 strokes) and entered the top 10 along with Kim Joo-hyung.
Lee Gyeong-hoon, who first competed in this event last year and came in 33rd, raised his ranking significantly in his second challenge. He reduced 6 strokes with 7 birdies and a bogey on the day.
The championship went to Yon Ram (Spain, 27 under par, 265 strokes), who played in the same group as Kim Joo-hyung.
Ram added a multiplier 8 months after the Mexico Open in May last year, winning his 8th PGA Tour career. His winning prize is 2.7 million dollars (approximately 3.37 billion won).
Ram, who was tied for 5th place, 7 strokes behind leader Colin Morikawa (USA) until the 3rd round, drove 10 under par only in the final round, creating a double electrode.
Morikawa, who started the 4th round with a 6 stroke lead in 2nd place, seemed to be reserving the trophy only when Morikawa ran to the lead by 7 strokes with a birdie on the 6th hole (par 4).
However, while Morikawa missed several birdie opportunities, Ram, who played in front of the two groups, followed with a three-stroke lead thanks to birdies on holes 12-14.
Then, Ram sent his second shot on hole 15 (par 5) to the hole about 3.5m and dropped an eagle putt, around which time Morikawa dropped his tee shot on hole 14 (par 4) into a bunker and struggled to win this tournament I wrote down the first bogey and allowed a joint lead.
In the 15th hole, Morikawa got on the green in 4 strokes due to a wedge shot error, and then came down from the lead after only bogeys in a row.
Ram struck a wedge with a birdie on the 18th hole.
Morikawa, who recorded a birdie on the last hole, 메이저사이트 had to be satisfied with a runner-up by two strokes (25 under par, 267 strokes).
Tom Hogi and Max Homa (USA) tied for 3rd place (23 under par, 269 strokes), and Scotty Scheffler (USA) finished tied for 7th place (21 under par, 271 strokes), making the return to world No. 1 impossible.
Lim Seong-jae (25) tied with Jordan Spieth (USA) for 13th place (19 under par, 273 strokes).
A total of 39 players participated in this tournament, but after Zander Shopley (USA) withdrew due to a back injury during the second round, a total of 38 players competed.
The PGA Tour continues on the 12th with the Sony Open (total prize money of 7.9 million dollars) held in Honolulu, Hawaii.