Sungjae Lim is tied for first place after the first round of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour Genesis Championship ($1.5 billion in prize money).Lim had seven birdies and one bogey in the first round on Wednesday at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea (Par 72, 7,471 yards) in Incheon, South Korea .His 6-under 66 puts him in a three-way tie for the lead with Hwang Jung-gon and Heo In-ho as they begin the second round on Wednesday. Lim won gold in the men’s team event at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, which concluded earlier this month in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, and is off to a strong start in the first round of his first tournament since becoming an Asian Games gold medalist. Lim started with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 1-3 to move up the leaderboard by six strokes in the first 10 holes.
However, after missing a 1.5-meter birdie putt on the 11th (par-4), he didn’t make another birdie for a while .After a bogey on the 17th (par-3) briefly dropped him to tied for third place, he dropped another shot on the final 18th (par-5) to finish tied for first.” The 11th hole was a downhill putt, and I thought it would go in if the distance was right, but it curved to the left,” said Lim. “I was able to keep the momentum going, but I missed that birdie putt, and I think it affected me afterward.” “My 7-iron is about 155 to 160 meters, but it barely went 150 meters here,” he said, adding, “I think it was the wind, but six under par on the first day is a good start.” Jo Woo-young, who shared gold with Lim Sung-jae at the Hangzhou Asian Games, shot a 5-under 67 and is tied for fourth, one shot behind the leader.
Cho, who turned pro shortly after the Asian Games, finished her professional debut at the Hyundai Marine Choi Kyung Joo Invitational earlier this month in a tie for 18th.In his second event as a professional, Cho immediately showed signs of contending for the title, finishing in a tie for fourth place alongside the likes of Go Gun-taek, Choi Jin-ho and Park Sang-hyun. Go Gun-taek, who has three wins this season, will become the first Korean to win four times in a season on the KPGA Korean Tour in 31 years after Choi Jin-ho in 1992.Kim Young-soo, who won this event last year, finished the first day in a tie for 15th place with a 3-under 69.Playing in a group with Lim Sung-jae, this season’s Order of Merit points leader Ham Jeong-woo slipped to 118th place in the 120-player field with a 9-over par 81. Ham won the Hyundai Marine Choi Kyung Joo Invitational last week and was looking for a second straight podium finish at the tournament, but a poor first round left him 스포츠토토 hanging his head.