When a player is active in ‘big water’, the popularity of the event itself naturally increases. When Son Heung-min was active, soccer, and when Ryu Hyun-jin was in his heyday, baseball woke up fans at dawn. Now it’s men’s golf. At the center is the Korean Brothers.
In the first round of the American Professional Golf (PGA) Tour American Express (total prize money of 8 million dollars) held at PGA West (par 72) in La Quinta, California, USA on the 20th (Korean time), Lim Seong-jae eliminated 7 birdies without bogey and reached 65. Recorded a stroke, and was named tied for 7th place.
Not only that. If you look at the leaderboard, Korean players are all over the place. Noh Seung-yeol (32) and An Byeong-hun (32) tied for 27th with a 5 under par 67, and Kim Joo-hyung (21) also performed well with a 3 under par 69. Dark horse Kim Seong-hyeon (25) and Kim Si-woo (28), who won last week, joined the ranks of under par with 2-under 70 strokes.
Since last year’s Presidents Cup, the ‘Korean Brothers’ have been making a name for themselves. Im Seong-jae and Kim Si-woo, who were active on the existing PGA Tour, as well as Kim Joo-hyung, who swept two wins on the PGA Tour in an instant, are the main players.
Kim Joo-hyung signed a contract with Nike this year and appeared, drawing attention. The two players Nike signed this year are Kim Joo-hyung and Nellie Korda (USA) who are active on the LPGA tour. Nike is a brand famous for signing star players. It means that the expectations Kim Joo-hyung showed in the Presidents Cup and PGA Tour are high.
As if living up to expectations, he started off by finishing in the top 5 at the first tournament of the new year, and after that, senior Si-woo Kim climbed to the top after fierce competition at the Sony Open, recording his 4th win in his career, adding to his strength. 메이저놀이터
The fact that three Korean players, including Kim Si-woo, Lim Seong-jae and Kim Joo-hyeong, joined the 15 power rankings announced before the start of this tournament proves that Korean players are attracting attention in the recent PGA Tour.
In addition to Lim Seong-jae, Kim Si-woo, Kim Joo-hyung, Lee Gyeong-hoon, who played together in the Presidents Cup, Ahn Byung-hun, who is trying to regain his PGA Tour card this year, and Kim Seong-hyun, who are consistently showing off their skills in each tournament, are worth noting. Kim Seong-hyun finished fourth at the Shriners Children’s Open last year, and tied for 12th at last week’s event.
An official in the golf world expected, “As male players start to perform well on the PGA Tour, their popularity is also rising. Wouldn’t the attention focused on women’s golf shift to men’s golf now?” The Korean Brothers, who are active on the PGA Tour, have become important in many ways.