“It was all good, and that’s all I can say about my game today.”
After winning the Korean Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour Genesis Championship by a stroke last week, Park Sang-hyun “Casshyeong” Park played the game of his life and made a strong start to his quest for a second straight title.
It was the first round of the Baeksong Holdings-ASIAADCC Busan Open at Asiad CC (Par 71) in Gijang-gun, Busan on Sept. 26. Park carded one eagle and eight birdies for a 10-under-par 61.
He holds a two-stroke lead over second-place Ham Jung-woo. The 61 is Park’s lowest score since he made his debut as a professional golfer. It was two strokes better than the 8-under 63 he shot in the final round of the 2018 Shinhan Donghae Open and the second round of the 2022 DGB Financial Group Open.
Park said, “Today, it was shot after shot, but I think my putts were following through as well, to the point where I could feel the moment the putter hit the ball that it went in. In fact, if I missed the tee shot, the second shot was a recovery, and if I made a mistake on the second shot, my short game was good, and it was a day where all three beats were right.” Park smiled.
Park’s eagle was the highlight of the day. His eagle putt was so perfect that it was only 35 centimeters. “I teed off with a driver and had about 235 meters to the pin. I thought I could get on the green if I hit a good 3-wood in the headwind, so I hit it. I could see that it was on the green, but it was really close to the pin and I made an eagle,” he recalled.
A great start. For Park, it was the best possible result at a time when it mattered most. In the 19 years since he made his Tour debut in 2004, Park has won 12 titles and, with his win at the Genesis Championship earlier in the week, became the first player in KPGA Korean Tour history to surpass 5 billion won in career earnings. But one thing. He has never won a ‘grand prize’ until now. Last year, he had to settle for second place in the Grand Prize category because he was one stroke short in the season finale.
As Park Sang-hyun said in an interview after winning the Genesis Championship, “The Genesis Grand Prize is my goal. I’m going to go all-in for the rest of the season,” he said.
Currently, Park is ranked 4th in points and 2nd in prize money. If he wins this tournament, he will move into the lead depending on the performance of Ham Jeong-woo, Lee Jung-hwan, and Ko Gun-taek, who are in first through third place.
Park has a veteran’s game plan for the next three days. “Going forward, I think I can just play like I did today. If I don’t lose my current rhythm rather than practicing too much, I will have a good performance,” he explained, and then emphasized once again, “Since the Genesis target is my goal, I think physical fitness management is the first priority to maintain it until the remaining competitions.”
Park’s strongest rival in his quest to ‘reverse the trophy’ is the current trophy leader, Ham Jung-woo. He is in a tie for second place with eight strokes to spare, including birdies on seven consecutive holes, while Lee Sang-hee, Kim Min-joon, and Kim Chan-woo are tied for third place with a 7-under-par 64 and “veteran” Lee Tae-hee is in a tie for sixth place with six strokes to spare.온라인카지노
In addition to competing for various titles such as the Genesis Grand Prize and Prize Money, the tournament also offers a ‘cash bonus’ to stimulate players’ desire to win.
The total prize fund for this tournament is 1 billion won. According to the KPGA rules, the winner’s prize is 20 percent of the total prize money, or 200 million won. However, in order to stimulate the players’ desire to compete, the organizers decided to give the winner an additional 200 million won in bonus cash on site.
On the first day of the tournament, a transparent box containing 50,000 won was placed on the course. The players were eager to pick up the box of cash, igniting their will to win.