Park Sang-hyun, Korea Championship 3R, 1 stroke away from the leader until the 14th hole in bad weather
- on Apr 29, 2023
Park Sang-hyun (40) maintained the lead in the third round of the Korea Championship (total prize money of 2 million dollars) co-hosted by the DP World Tour and the Korea Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour.
In the 3rd round of the tournament held at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea (par 72) in Incheon on the 29th, Park Sang-hyun made 3 birdies to the 14th hole, but made 4 bogeys and lost 1 stroke.
Park Sang-hyun, who had to leave the field due to the sunset while recording a total of 7 under par, is chasing co-leaders Robert McIntyre (Scotland) and Pablo Larazabal (Spain) by one stroke.
The match was suspended twice for two hours due to fog and resumed, so six players, including Park Sang-hyun, could not finish the 18th hole.
Park Sang-hyun plays the remaining four holes at 8:00 am on the 30th, the next day, and goes to the final 4th round.
This tournament is the first DP World Tour event held in Korea in 10 years. Park Sang-hyun’s best performance was 3rd place at the 2011 European Tour Ballantine’s Championship, the predecessor of the DP World Tour. At that time, the Valentine’s Championship was also held in Korea.
Park Sang-hyun, who won a total of 11 wins on the KPGA Korean Tour, had an opportunity to record 12 wins in a year since the DB Insurance Promy Open in April of last year. It’s his 14th win in his professional career. Park Sang-hyun has also reached the top in the 2016 Japan Professional Golf Tour (JGTO) JT Cup and the 2019 Fuji Sankei Classic.ㅋㅋㅋ벳
McIntyre, who won 2 DP World Tour careers, cut 3 strokes to become tied for the lead (8 under par, 200 strokes), while Lara Sabal hit 2 under par up to the 16th hole and recorded a total of 8 under par. Rankings may change depending on the remaining match results.
Cho Min-gyu (35), Hwang Jung-gon (31), and Kang Gyeong-nam (40) tied for 8th place with a total of 5 under par and 211 strokes.
Cho Min-gyu said, “I expected it to be a difficult game because of the high level of difficulty of the course in the rainy and windy weather. I made up my mind before the game, but I think I played well by reducing two strokes today.”
He said, “There is a forecast that the wind will blow strong even on the last day. You will have to use the wind and the back wind well,” he said. This course requires perfect 3 beats, from drive shot to iron shot and putt. The player who freely uses the 14 clubs as he wants will take the trophy,” he explained.
Bae Sang-moon (37), who has two wins on the American Professional Golf (PGA) Tour, also reduced two strokes to rank in a tie for 14th place with a total of 4-under-par 212 strokes.