Kim Sung-hyun ‘fires a blazing 7’ in PGA Fall Series opener, Bae Sang-moon also 5-under
South Korea’s Sung Hyun Kim, 25, is off to a strong start on the first day of the PGA Tour’s Fall Series as he looks to elevate his status.
The South Korean carded an eagle and five birdies for a 7-under 65 in the first round of the Fortinet Championship ($8.4 million purse), the opening event of the PGA Tour’s Fall Series at Silverado Golf and Spa North Course (Par 72) in Napa, California, USA, on Friday. With play still underway at 7:20 a.m., Sung Hyun Kim sits in second place, two shots behind Lucas Herbert, who finished with a 9-under 63.
Making his debut this season, Kim finished the regular season ranked 83rd on the FedExCup points list and did not make the playoffs. After more than a month off, Kim traveled to the U.S. last week to compete in the Shinhan Donghae Open in South Korea, where he opened the Fall Series.
He got off to a strong start on day one, setting the stage for his rise through the ranks next year.
His bogey-free game summed up his performance. He hit 64.29% of his shots in the fairways and 72.2% of his shots on the greens, with a maximum distance of 330 yards. He also had excellent putting, requiring only 24 total putts.
The PGA Tour will return to a shortened season next year, with the FedEx Points Ranking giving players a chance to qualify for signature events with a total purse of more than $20 million.
Players ranked 51-60 in the FedExCup points standings after seven fall events, beginning with this one and ending with the RSM Classic on Nov. 20, will qualify for two signature events in 2024 – the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Genesis Invitational.
Players ranked in the top 50 of the FedEx Rankings at the end of the playoffs were guaranteed a spot in next year’s Signature event, locking in their ranking and ensuring their stability. The remaining players will have to earn their spot through the Fall Series.
The 2014 winner of this event, Bae Sang-moon (37), also shot a 5-under 67 on the first day to begin his bid to regain the title for the first time in nine years. He made five birdies without a bogey.스포츠토토
He hit just 57.14% of his fairways but hit 77.78% of his greens with his irons. He made a total of 28 putts.
Sangmoon, who sits outside the top 200 in the FedExCup points standings, earns the No. 2 seed and all three qualifying spots for next year’s Masters, Players Championship and PGA Championship if he wins this event.
Lee, 30, who began the Fall Series ranked 77th in the FedEx Rankings, shot a 2-under-par 70 on the first day.