July 6: Korea’s teenage sensation Joohyung Kim continued to show his fine form on home soil despite being pipped to the title by compatriot, Ji-hoon Lee in a play-off at the Woosung Construction E&C Aramir CC Busan Gyeongnam Open.
The domestic tournament signaled the restart of The Korea Professional Golfers’ Association (KPGA) men’s Tour last week and the 18-year-old showed no signs of rust in his first competitive outing since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the schedules of many international Tours.
Kim headed into the final round with a one-shot advantage after firing a third round nine-under-par 63. He started his fourth round promisingly with a birdie on the first hole before dropping a shot on seven.
The young Korean then steadied the ship with two further birdies on nine and 12 before closing with an eagle-three which saw him force a play-off with his four-day total of 21-under-par 267.
Kim’s hopes of winning his first title this season were dashed when he could only make par on the first play-off hole after Lee had birdied.
“It feels good to be able to compete again and my performance this week has shown that my game is in top form,” said Kim.
Kim won three times on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) to earn his promotion to the Asian Tour in 2019. He then went on to clinch his breakthrough victory in India last November to become the second youngest professional player to win on the Asian Tour at 17 years and 149 days