Kim Young-soo (34), who won the prize money prize and the grand prize at the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour last year and rose to the top of the ‘domestic number one’, challenged himself to the American Professional Golf (PGA) Tour. The result on the first day of the tournament was even par with one hole left.
On the 17th (hereinafter Korean time), Kim Young-soo played 17 holes in the first round of the Genesis Invitational, the third special event of the season held at Riviera CC in Pacific Palisades near Los Angeles, California, USA, and tied for 56th with 2 birdies and 2 bogeys, even par. recorded Kim Young-soo, who started in the last group, is expected to play the rest of the game on the morning of the 18th due to the sunset of the first round. 안전놀이터
Kim Young-soo, who had participated in this tournament as a gallery in 2018 and 2019, earned the right to participate in this tournament by winning the KPGA Korean Tour Genesis Championship last year. Kim Young-soo said in an interview with the PGA the day before the tournament, “In the past, I entered the gallery and followed Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.”
Kim Young-soo, who pledged to represent the domestic players, started from the 10th hole that day. After recording his first birdie on the 11th hole (par 5), he made a good start by reducing one more stroke on the 15th hole (par 4). However, in the last hole 18 (par 4) of the first half, the tee shot went into the forest on the right, and the second shot was also biased toward the hill on the left side of the green in a situation where visibility was not secured due to trees. Even his third approach shot was short, forcing his first bogey.
In the second half, Kim Yeong-soo, who missed a chance for birdie on the 1st hole (par 5) due to a putt mistake, also missed a short par putt about 1m away on the 4th hole (par 3) and lost another stroke. However, up to the 8th hole that followed, it was well blocked with a par. Kim Young-soo finished the day with an even par as the game was suspended due to the sunset ahead of the final 9th hole (par 4).
Kim Young-soo and caddy Kim Jae-min (left). [Photo PGA Tour]
In fact, it can’t be said that he did very well in terms of performance, but Kim Young-soo’s PGA Tour experience was only once at The CJ Cup in October last year, and the Korean players he played with also played well, so he was relatively good. am. Im Seong-jae (25), Lee Gyeong-hoon (32), Kim Si-woo (28), Kim Joo-hyung (21), and Kim Seong-hyun (25), excluding Kim Young-soo, are active on the PGA Tour. Kim Joo-hyung, who won two wins on the PGA Tour, hit even par that day and recorded the same ranking as Kim Young-soo.