Kim Min-soo, known as the “Crown Prince of Screens,” is tied for the lead on the first day of the KB Financial Livechampionship on the KPGA Korean Tour.
Kim shot a 4-under 68 on the first day of play at Blackstone Icheon Golf Club (Par 72) in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province, to share the lead with Lee Jae-kyung and Lee Tae-hoon. Kim made an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys for a four-stroke lead.
The 6-foot-2, 179-pounder, along with long-hitting Kim Hong-taek, splits his time between the Korean Tour and the G Tour, a screen golf competition. Nicknamed the “Crown Prince of the Screen” for his 10 wins on the G Tour, Kim joined the KPGA Korean Tour in 2012 but has yet to win a tournament. His best finish was a tie for 19th place at the event last year.
After winning the second round of the Shinhan Investment & Securities KPGA Korean Tour with GTOUR last year, Kim said, “I want to win on the field as well. There are differences between field and screen golf as the environment is different. I think winning the Korean Tour will increase my confidence.” Kim Min-soo is a long hitter who can hit it over 300 yards if he wants to. The problem is putting.
For Kim, putting is an eternal struggle. The biggest difference between screen golf and field golf is putting. Last year, he struggled with his putting so much that he changed putters five times. This year, he missed the cut in four consecutive tournaments from the opening round. However, on this day, he showed a 180-degree change in his putting.
After the match, Kim said, “I missed the cut in all four tournaments I played this year due to poor putting. But today, I felt good with my putts overall. I was able to find confidence in my putts while playing today.” “On the par-5 fifth hole, I putted from the edge of the green for birdie, and it was one of those days where I felt good enough to make an eagle,” added Kim.
Lee, who struggled with wedge shots, carded a 4-under 68 with five birdies and a bogey to share the lead. Canadian compatriot Lee Tae-hoon joined the leaders by four strokes with an eagle, three birdies and a bogey.
Seo and Kim Jae-ho are one shot back in a tie for fourth at 3-under 69. Behind them, Ham Jeong-woo, Jeon Gar-ram and Kim Dong-min shot a 2-under 70 to round out the top six. Defending champion Ji-Ho Yang struggled with a 2-over 74 and is tied for 41st. 스포츠토토