Kim Joo-hyeong (19, CJ Korea Express), who appeared on the KPGA Korean tour last year, had a ‘big accident’ as soon as he debuted. After winning the runners-up at Woosung Construction Aramir CC Busan Gyeongnam Open, which was the first competition, he spit out the spirit of lifting the championship trophy at the next competition, Gunsan CC Open. It is the youngest championship (18 years and 21 days) and the shortest victory since joining the KPGA (3 months and 17 days). Kim Joo-hyung, who announced the birth of a large rookie in Korean men’s golf, was also named in the ‘Top 10’ players expected in 2021 selected by Golf Channel, an American golf media.
Kim Joo-hyung added another splendid history to this. It is the first 10 major prize money and grand prize in Korean tour history. Kim Joo-hyung hit a 2-under-par 70 in the final 4 round of the LG Signature Players Championship (total prize money of 1.2 billion won) held at Seowon Valley Country Club (par 72, 710 yards) in Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 7th. Kim Joo-hyeong, who took second place alone with a final total of 17-under 271 strokes, earned 7549 million won in the season and took first place in the prize money. The target points also recorded 5540 points and finished the season in first place. On the KPGA Korean Tour, there was no case where a teenager won the prize money or the grand prize, but Kim Joo-hyung won two titles at once. In addition, Kim Joo-hyung took the lead in the average batting average. The prize money, grand prize, and average batting average of 3 are the great records that Joo-hyeong Kim achieved in 12 years since Bae Sang-moon (35, Kiwoom Securities) in 2009. The grand prize winner is given one Genesis vehicle, a bonus of 100 million won, and qualification to participate in the Korean Tour for five years.
Park Sang-hyeon (38, Dong-A Pharmaceutical), who had been running first in the grand prize category before this competition, lost one stroke until the 11th hole (par 5) and hovered in the top 20, then birdie on the 12th hole (par 4) and a birdie on the 14th to 16th holes in a row. and finished the tournament in a tie for 8th (11-under 277 strokes). By reducing one more stroke from the remaining two holes, Park Sang-hyun was tied for 7th and was able to keep the first place in the grand prize, but both holes were par and unfortunately missed the first place in his career. Park Sang-hyeon’s target point is 5535 points, which is only 5 points apart from Kim Joo-hyung.
The championship was won by Bio Kim (35, Hoban Construction), who left the field for a while due to a ‘finger abuse scandal’. He drove 10 birdies that day and reduced 9 strokes to a final total of 23 under par 265, and achieved 6 victories on the tour after 2 years and 2 months since the DGB Financial Group Volvik Daegu Gyeongbuk Open in September 2019. The prize money for the winner is 2.4 million won. In the contest that he won at the time, Bio Kim received a one-year suspension of qualifications, 120 hours of volunteer work, and a fine of 10 million won for inappropriate gestures of raising his finger toward the gallery that made a noise during the game. The Rookie of the Year award was won by Kim Dong-eun (24, Golf Zone), who won the Gunsan CC Open in May. He finished 7th (12-under 276) in this tournament.
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