Choi Jin-ho (39), a veteran of 19 years since his debut, is aiming for his ninth championship in his career.
In the 3rd round of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour Woori Financial Championship held at Ferrum Golf Course in Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 13th, Choi Jin-ho reduced 2 strokes with 3 birdies and 1 bogey to take the sole lead at 11 under par. He starts the final round on the 14th, beating second place Yoon Sang-pil by one stroke.
Choi Jin-ho, who debuted as a pro in 2005, has accumulated 8 wins on the Korean Tour. His last win was Biz Play Electronic Newspaper Open in August of last year. He is aiming for his ninth win in the tournament with the highest prize money of 1.5 billion won this season.
Choi Jin-ho received the Genesis Grand Prize in 2016 and 2017. With this in mind, he advanced to the European Tour, but he returned to the Korean Tour without much success. After that, he went without a win for a while before breathing his normal air again last year.
Choi Jin-ho said, “Since I came back from Europe, I haven’t won a championship for a while, so my confidence has dropped a lot. However, after winning the championship last year, he gained confidence in his shot. I feel like I’ve found my play,” he said. “I think the pin position will be difficult even in the final round. I will try to keep the fairway at the tee shot. Also, I will target an easy place to putt,” he explained his determination for the final round.
While Yoon Sang-pil finished second at 10-under par and Han Seung-soo finished third at 7-under par, Lim Seong-jae, who drew attention for his first domestic outing in about four years, tied for fourth at 6-under par. He caught 5 birdies, but the par 3 3rd hole double bogey and the 10th hole (par 4) bogey caught his ankle.
Im Seong-jae said, “It was difficult to see the double bogey on the 3rd hole and the 10th hole. I haven’t adapted to the Korean turf yet,” he said.
Meanwhile, in the second round of the NH Investment & Securities Ladies Championship held on the KLPGA Tour held at the Suwon Country Club on the same day, Lee Ye-won and Lim Jin-hee tied for the lead with 11 under par. Lee Ye-won caught 8 birdies without bogey, and Lim Jin-hee reduced 5 strokes with 8 birdies and 3 bogies. Bang Sin-sil tied for 3rd place at 9 under par, and Park Hyun-kyung, Lee Je-young, Jang Su-yeon and Park Ji-young tied for 4th place at 8 under par.
Lee Ye-won, who won the Lotte Rent-A-Car Women’s Open in April, will become her first multi-winner all season if she wins this event.메이저사이트
Lee Ye-won said, “Today’s iron shot went as I thought. Then she had an easy putt, and she was able to take advantage of her chances and get a good result,” she said. “I will do my best one stroke at a time, just like today, without worrying about the top spot. I will leave a lot of uphill putts,” he added.
Meanwhile, Park Ji-young and Go Ji-woo tasted the joy of a hole-in-one on this day. Park Ji-young recorded her hole-in-one on the 172-yard 3rd hole (par 3). As a result of her injuries, she received a 1-carat diamond worth 10 million won. Ko Ji-woo achieved a hole-in-one at the 156-yard 16th hole (par 3). He also owned a luxury foreign car worth 93 million won. The NH Investment & Securities Ladies Championship, which was visited by 2,762 galleries the previous day, saw 11,903 spectators enjoy spring golf in the second round.