‘No-name’ Kim Chan-woo, who didn’t have a top 10 this year, wins 36-hole event for first time, earns second seed on Korean Tour
Kim Chan-woo, 23, enjoyed his first career victory in his second season on the Korean Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour.
Kim carded eight birdies and no bogeys for an 8-under 64 in the final two rounds of the Bizplay Electronics Newspaper Open on Sunday at Cosmos Links (Par 72) in Yeongam, South Jeolla Province.
His final round of 12-under-par 132 gave him a one-stroke victory over runners-up Jeon Ga-ram, Lee Sung-ho and Korean-American Jung Yoon (13-under-par 133).
Kim, who made his Korean Tour debut last year, entered the qualifying tournament ranked 79th on the money list and had to work his way back up.
He was a virtual unknown until this victory. He tied for third at last year’s Woosung General Construction Open at the par-72 Kyle Phillips Course at South Links Yeongam, but hasn’t had a top-10 finish this season. His best finish of the season was a tie for 13th at the LX Championship.
The gift of his first win was priceless. He earned $15 million in prize money and was eligible to play on the Korean Tour until 2025.
The tournament was shortened to 36 holes after the second day’s play was canceled due to drainage problems caused by bad weather, and the third day’s play was not completed. This is the first time in 34 years that the Korean Tour has played 36 holes to determine a winner since the 1989 Pokari Sweat Open.
The winner’s prize money was also reduced by 25 percent in accordance with the payment rules when the tournament is shortened to 36 holes.
Lee Soo-min and Moon Moon-jun tied for fifth at 10-under par 134. Defending champion Choi Jin-ho finished tied for 14th at 7-under par 136.스포츠토토
Go Gun-taek, looking for his fourth win of the season, missed the cut with an even-par 144 total.
Lee Seung-min, a professional golfer with autism spectrum disorder, shot a 2-under-par 142 and missed the cut.
Lee, who has made the cut four times this season, earned himself a spot in the field following the second half of the seeding process and will now compete as a Korean Tour member rather than an invitee.