Joohyung Kim claims SK Telecom Open | Asian Tour

Joohyung Kim claims SK Telecom Open

Published on June 14, 2021

Korean star Joohyung Kim won the prestigious SK Telecom Open at the weekend on home soil, for his second KPGA title ‒ remarkably, just a week before he turns 19.

He shot a three-under-par 68 at Pinx Golf Club for a tournament total of 14-under 270 and a three-stroke victory over compatriot Baekjun Kim, who closed with a 67.

The win comes almost exactly a year after Joohyung Kim claimed his first Korean title at the KPGA Gunsan Country Club Open – which saw him become the youngest winner on that circuit at the age of 18.

“I still can’t believe it,” said Joohyung Kim.

“After winning the KPGA Gunsan CC Open last year, things did not really work out well. In the United States, we did not get the results we were looking for, and this year we were only runner-up twice. So, I am really happy now.”

His victory last year saw him move inside the top-100 on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and earn a place in the US PGA Championship – where he made his Major debut.

He is one of the most exciting teenagers in the world of golf. In 2019 after earning a battlefield promotion from the Asian Development Tour by claiming three events, the teen titan made an instant impact by winning in just his third start on the Asian Tour at the Panasonic Open in India. That made him the second youngest professional to win on the Asian Tour at 17 years and 149 days ‒ countryman Seungyul Noh is the youngest having won the 2008 Midea China Classic at the age of 17 years and 143 days.