New Year’s gift as a trophy?’… Kim Si-woo’s 2nd win in a row in the Promised Land

New groom’ Kim Si-woo (28) prepares a big championship trophy as a New Year’s gift this time.

Kim Si-woo will participate in the American Professional Golf (PGA) Tour American Express (total prize money of 8 million dollars), which will be held in La Quinta, California, for four days from the 19th (hereinafter Korean time).

Kim Si-woo, who married Oh Ji-hyun, who is active on the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour last December, won the PGA Tour Sony Open, which ended in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the 16th. He visited Hawaii with his wife as a honeymoon, and he lifted the trophy at the first competition he participated in after marriage and handed him the best ‘newlywed gift’.

In this competition, Kim Si-woo boasted an average long drive of 314 yards and a green hit rate (83.33%) that far exceeded the average of this season (72.57%). In particular, the number of strokes gained from the approach (2.062 strokes), which indicates how much he benefited from attacking the green, ranked first among the participating players. Kim Si-woo, who was on the rise with his 4th win in his career, challenges to win for 2 weeks in a row.

American Express, which will become a battleground, is the ‘promised land’ to Kim Si-woo. Kim Si-woo recorded a final total of 23 under par and 265 strokes in this competition in 2021, beating Patrick Cantley (USA) by one stroke and achieving his third win in his career. The PGA Tour said of Kim Si-woo, “It’s only been two years since I won this tournament. Last year, he tied for 11th place,” he explained, placing it at 6th in the power rankings that predict the winner of this tournament.

However, the opponents to face are also very competitive. Five of the top 10 players in the world, including world number 2 Scotty Scheffler (USA), 4th place Yon Rahm (Spain), 5th place Cantley, 6th place Zander Chopley, and 7th place Will Jaratoris (USA), participated. . In particular, Rahm, who has risen to the top of the power rankings, is in frightening momentum, winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the first tournament of the new year on the PGA Tour, by overturning a 7-stroke lead. He also set course records for Cantlay and Jaler Torris by shooting 61 on the 2021 PGA West Stadium Course and the 2022 Nicklaus Tournament Course, respectively. 슬롯사이트

Kim Joo-hyung (21), ranked 14th in the world, and Lim Seong-jae (25), 19th, are eager to regain their self-esteem. Kim Joo-hyung rose to first place in the Sony Open Power Rankings last week and was expected, but missed the cut, and Lim Seong-jae also missed the cut six months after the Scottish Open in July last year, hurting his pride. Both players will seek revenge in this tournament. Other Korean players include Kim Seong-hyeon (24), An Byeong-hun (32), Lee Gyeong-hoon (32), and Kang Seong-hun (36).

Founded in 1960, the event has been held as the Bob Hope Classic and the Desert Classic, but since 2020 it has acquired a new sponsor and changed its name to the American Express event. What is unusual is that rounds 1 to 3 are played on the PGA West Stadium Course (par 72), La Quinta CC (par 72), and the PGA West Nicklaus Tournament Course (par 72), and the final round is held again on the Stadium Course. It is also characterized by the fact that it is a pro-am competition in which 156 professional players and 156 amateurs compete together.

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