It is expected that a ‘typhoon’ from Japan will blow on the Korean Tour of the KPGA (Korea Professional Golf Association) this season. This is because 12 top players who were active on the Japan Professional Golf (JGTO) tour decided to make a U-turn to the domestic stage. The sluggish performance and strict Corona 19 quarantine measures by the Japanese quarantine authorities are the superficial reasons, but the biggest reason is that this season’s KPGA tour is expected to be held with a total of 25 tournaments, an all-time high. In addition, the fact that most of the title sponsors want to promote on the domestic stage also played a role.
Most of the Japanese groups have performed both in Korea and Japan. However, this year, they will be concentrating only on the domestic tour. Gang Gyeong-nam (40) with 11 wins in total, Kim Gyeong-tae (37) with 22 wins (8 in Korea, 14 in Japan), Eun-shin Park (33, 2 wins in total), Do-yeop Moon (32, 2 wins in Korea), Min-gyu Cho (35) 2 wins in Japan), Jeong-Woo Ham (29, 2 wins in Korea), Jung-Gon Hwang (31, 4 wins in Japan, 3 wins in Korea), and In-Hui Heo (36, 4 wins in Korea), they are truly signboards representing the Korean Tour.
Among them, Moon Do-yeop, Jo Min-gyu, and Hwang Joong-gon, who are known as the ‘best friend trio’ despite their age difference, are people to watch. The three of them boarded a plane to Bangkok, Thailand last week. It is to participate in the Asian Tour Qualifying Final held at Lake View Resort & Golf Club in Thailand for five days from the 18th to the 22nd. In this Qualifying Final, a total of 42 Korean players, including Bae Sang-moon (37), who lost his PGA tour card, and Bae Yong-joon (23), the rookie of last year’s KPGA Tour, will participate.
The trio of best friends arrived in Thailand a week before the showdown and set up a training camp in Bangkok. The eldest brother Cho Min-kyu, whom I met in Bangkok, said, “The total prize money at the International Series tournaments is as high as $3 million, and the number of tournaments is likely to increase by more than 15 this year, so I took up the challenge.” (LIV) The opportunity to advance into golf is also an attractive factor.” Unlike Hwang Joong-gon, who said he had to look at the situation, Cho Min-gyu and Moon Do-yeop made it clear that “if given the opportunity, there is no reason to hesitate to advance into live golf.” 바카라사이트
Their goal for the season is to win at least one win on the domestic tour, in addition to securing a seed on the Asian Tour. Moon Do-yeop said, “As always, I am aiming for one win every year. To this end, after completing the qualification, we will start supplementing the areas that are lacking.”
Hwang Jung-gon, who became the first champion of the Asiad CC Busan Open in July of last year after being discharged from the military for 7 months, said, “When I return home after finishing the qualifying school, I plan to spend time with my family and train physically in Korea, rather than overseas.” I will prepare to win at least one win.”
Cho Min-gyu, who has yet to win a domestic competition, said, “I will try to win my 3rd season, including the championship I have not been able to win so far.” “Golf is still difficult. I always think of it as a process of filling in what I lack, and I will prepare for this season.”