Choi Ho-seong, the ‘Fisherman Swing’, aims to win the Korean Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour for the first time in 12 years.
In the third round of the SK Telecom Open held at Pinx Golf Club (par 71) in Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do on the 20th, Choi Ho-seong recorded a total of 11-under 202 with a 4-under-par 67, taking the lead with Baek Seok-hyun.
Choi Ho-seong, who had not won the Korean Tour since winning the Lake Hills Open in 2011, has been given a chance to win for the first time in 12 years. This is the third challenge after winning the 2008 Hana Tour Championship and the Lake Hills Open.
Choi Ho-seong, who played 27 holes the day before due to bad weather in the first round, said in an interview after the match, “I played 27 holes yesterday. (Laughs) It wasn’t easy. I’m glad it’s clear,” he said, expressing his will to raise the number of wins on the final day. “It feels good to be on this stage with young players. I’m old, but as the saying goes, ‘going against time’, I always want to overcome my limits. I wonder when and how far I will go (laughs).” said. Regarding the final round strategy, he said, “I want to play like a 3rd round game. I am physically exhausted, but I have to overcome this situation to win the championship cup.”
Baek Seok-hyun, who was the sole player in rounds 1 and 2, lost one stroke that day and allowed a tie for the lead.메이저놀이터
Aiming for his first win in his wire-to-wire game, he said, “I promised not to be nervous, but since I am a human being, I couldn’t help but be nervous. I felt the pressure and the putt didn’t go as I wanted. However, I made a par save and a birdie on the 17th and 18th holes, respectively. I caught it and finished the game in a good mood. I want to continue the momentum and flow into the final round,” he said, expressing his intention not to concede. He continued, “Because this tournament is not my last, I want to play happily and happily. I got married in December 2022. This was the first time I’ve been caught on TV since getting married. My wife watched the game with her mother-in-law at home. I am happy to show that I am this kind of person.”
Choi Kyung-ju, who succeeded in passing the 20th cut in the 21st competition the previous day, raised the ranking to 15th place (5 under par, 208) with a 4-under 67. Choi Kyung-joo said, “I was a bit disappointed with the putt, but I’m happy that I played bogey-free games in the second and third rounds.”