Kang Seong-hoon (36) aims to enter the top 10 in the US Professional Golf (PGA) tour AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (total prize money of 9 million dollars) after a long time.
In the third round of the tournament held at Pebble Beach Golf Links Monterey Peninsula Country Club (par 72) in California, USA on the 5th (Korean time), Kang Seong-hun made 4 birdies in 10 holes and hit 4 under par.
The tournament was postponed to the next day after repeated interruptions due to strong winds, and Kang Seong-hoon finished the remaining 8 holes through the remaining game and played the final 4 rounds if he passed the cut.
Passing the cut will not be a problem for Kang Sung-hoon, who is tied for 11th place with a total of 7 under par. In this tournament, cut-off is implemented after rounds 1 to 3 are played in turn at three courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club. The top 60 in Round 3 advance to the final Round 4 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
If Kang Sung-hoon enters the top 10 in this tournament, it will be his first time in the top 10 in two years and 11 months since a tie for 9th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March 2020. Kang Sung-hoon had his best year in 2019 by winning his first PGA Tour career win at AT&T Byron Nelson, but he fell into a slump from the 2020-21 season. He was eliminated from the cut 35 times in 62 contests in two seasons until the 2021-22 season. Having lost his PGA Tour seed, he was able to play in games that most of the top rankers this season did not attend, and he failed to pass the cut in all four tournaments. 메이저놀이터
In the game that day, he caught only 4 birdies in the 9 holes in the first half and rode the upward trend. The postponement of the game due to strong winds and bad weather after the 10th hole in the second half is rather a regrettable situation for Kang Seong-hun. The PGA Tour Match Committee explained that the game was stopped because the wind affected the putt on the green at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, which stretches along the coast.
None of the 149 contestants, excluding those who abstained, completed the third round, so the Associated Press predicted, “The match will not be able to finish normally on Sunday in local time.” Previously, in 2000 and 2019, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson (above the United States) won the tournament on Monday. In 2009, Dustin Johnson (USA) played only 54 holes and became the winner.
Ahn Byeong-hoon (32) lost two strokes in the strong wind and played 9 holes before dropping to a tie for 38th place (3 under par). Kim Seong-hyeon (25) reduced two strokes to the 13th hole to rise to a tie for 54th (2 under par), hoping to pass the cut. Roh Seung-yeol (32) reduced 1 stroke during 14 holes to be tied for 63rd place (1 under par).
Peter Malnaughty (USA) took the sole lead with a total of 12 under par by catching 6 birdies in 12 holes despite a strong wind. Joseph Bramlett (USA) and Keith Mitchell (USA) are 2 strokes tied for second place (10 under par).