Kim Si-woo and Oh Ji-hyun win the PGA Tour prize money of 1.7 billion at the honeymoon destination
- on Jan 16, 2023
Kim Si-woo (28) won the PGA Tour Sony Open held at Waialei Golf Course (par 70) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA on the 16th (Korean time). He won by one stroke from Hayden Berkeley with a final round of 6 under par 64 and a total of 18 under par 262.
For Kim Si-woo, it was more meaningful as he won the first competition he participated in after getting married in Seoul on December 18 last year. His wife Oh Ji-hyeon (27), a star with her skills and beauty who recorded 7 victories on the KLPGA tour, decided to leave her KLPGA tour and focus on her husband’s family support. After the wedding, the couple rested at their house in Dallas, Texas, and came to Hawaii last week similar to their honeymoon.
After the third round, Kim Si-woo said, “I felt like I was on my honeymoon, so there was no pressure. After the game, I enjoy Hawaii while dating and eating delicious food.”
After signing the scorecard, Kim Si-woo watched the game with Oh Ji-hyun and hugged after Berkeley failed to make a birdie on the last hole and the championship was confirmed. And we lifted the trophy together.
Kim Si-woo, who started the game with a tie for 5th place by 3 strokes, caught birdies on holes 1, 2 and 3 that day to rise to the joint lead. For Kim Si-woo, who was competing for the lead with Berkeley, the birdie on the 17th hole was decisive. In this par 3 hole, Kim Si-woo’s tee shot went over the green and left a formidable chip shot.
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i-woo shot, a shout was heard. It was the noise of the crowd at Berkeley’s birdie playing in the back group. Berkeley took the lead alone, and Kim Si-woo was in crisis. Kim Si-woo said, “He heard the sound and thought that he had nothing to lose, so he hit more confidently.”
Then, he put a chip shot of less than 10m into the hole to catch a birdie and clenched his fist. Oh Ji-hyun, who followed the match throughout the 4th round, must have been very happy.
Kim Si-woo said, “After that, I thought that if I made a birdie on the last hole, the back Joe Buckley would be under pressure.”
Kim Si-woo put his second shot on the green from the fairway bunker on the last hole, a short par 5, and caught a birdie. On the other hand, Berkeley failed to put a short par putt of less than 1m in the 15th hole and failed to catch a birdie in the easy final hole, resulting in a reverse defeat.
The winning prize is 1.422 million dollars (approximately 1.76 billion won). This is Kim Si-woo’s 4th win on the PGA Tour.
Kim Si-woo said, “Ji-hyeon came with me since last year, spent time with me, and also took care of the gallery. Last year, I hardly went to 먹튀검증 Korea because I was attending a competition, but Ji-hyeon had a hard time preparing for marriage while playing her game. Shinhan Donghae, which was held in Japan last fall. “In the open, I was grateful that Ji-hyun walked along the steep mountain road for all 4 rounds. This tournament is my first match after getting married, and I am grateful and happy to have come with her. In today’s tense situation, Ji-hyun was able to laugh together and relieved tension.”
Siwoo Kim is in his 11th year on tour. In 2012, he passed the PGA Tour Qualifying School as the youngest (17 years and 5 months). Kim Si-woo, who had risen to the PGA Tour at a young age and was pushed back to the 2nd division tour, won his first win at the 2016 Wyndham Championship. In 2017, he became the youngest player ever to win the ‘Fifth Major’ Players Championship. After dating Oh Ji-hyun for two years, they got married.
Kim Si-woo caught birdies in the first 3 holes and the last 2 holes of the day. Kim Si-woo will participate in the American Express competition to be held in La Quinta, California on the 20th. It is a competition that Kim Si-woo won in 2021. Winning two competitions in a row after marriage is not just a dream. Kim Si-woo said, “If you cheer for me in Korea, I will play hard.”
Ahn Byeong-hun and Kim Seong-hyun are tied for 12th place with a total of 12 under par, and Lee Gyeong-hoon is tied for 28th place with a 10-under par. Senior tour players Choi Kyung-ju, Lim Seong-jae, and Kim Joo-hyung, who challenged the PGA Tour, were eliminated from the cut.