Kim Seong-hyeon (25) and Lim Seong-jae (25), the ‘Korean Brothers’ who are active on the American Professional Golf (PGA) tour, cruised from the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open (total prize money of 8.7 million dollars).
In the first round of the tournament held on the 26th (Korean time) at Torrey Pines Book Course (par 72) in San Diego, California, USA, Seong-Hyun Kim made 7 birdies and 2 bogeys to hit 5 under par 67.
Kim Seong-hyun, who tied for 12th with six others including Colin Morikawa (USA), is three strokes behind co-leaders Sam Ryder (USA), Aaron Lai (England), and Brent Grant (USA).
Kim Seong-hyun, who made his debut on the PGA Tour this season after achieving excellent results in the Korn Ferry Tour (Part 2) last year and receiving the Rookie of the Year award, succeeded in passing the cut 6 times in 10 tournaments and ranked in the top 10 once. He has already earned 697,019 dollars (approximately 850 million won) in prize money in just 10 tournaments, and the FedEx Cup ranking also ranks 48th, which is a good record.
He missed the cut at American Express last week, but the match went well that day. In the first half, he made consecutive bogies on holes 3 (par 3) and 4 (par 4), and after shaking, he only got 7 birdies from the remaining holes.
Kim Seong-hyun said, “I didn’t putt well in the beginning, so I asked the caddy, and the caddy told me, ‘There seems to be a mistake in the setup.’ He made up for that part and putt became easier.”
In addition, he was satisfied with the season so far and showed confidence, saying, “There are so many competitions left in the future, so more good opportunities will come.” .
Lim Seong-jae (25) played the first round on the South Course, which was relatively more difficult, and tied 6 birdies and 2 bogeys to score a 4 under par 68.
In this tournament, rounds 1 and 2 are played alternately on the South and North courses of Torrey Pines, and rounds 3 and 4 are played on the South course. As a result of the first round, 13 out of 18 players from 1st place to 12th place tied for 12th place, and the South course was played more difficult.
Im Seong-jae started with a look at hole 1 (par 4), then caught 4 consecutive birdies on holes 3 to 6, and birdies on holes 8 (par 3) and 9 (par 5) in a row. ended up I came out to see it at the last hole 17 (par 4) and left a regret. 스포츠토토
Kim Si-woo (28), who won his 4th PGA Tour victory at the Sony Open two weeks ago, also played on the South Course and recorded a decent score with 3 under par 69, tied for 33rd place. Lim Seong-jae and Kim Si-woo will play the second round on a relatively easy book course and expect to rise in the rankings.
Noh Seung-yeol (32) hit a 2 under par 70 on the book course and tied for 50th place.
John Rahm (Spain), who is aiming for his third PGA Tour win in this tournament, played on the South Course and made 3 birdies, but recorded 1-over-par 73 with 2 bogeys and 1 double bogey, and was sluggish in a tie for 116th place. Tee shot hunting led to both bogey and double bogey.
The Torrey Pines course is the course where Ram won his first PGA Tour victory in 2017 and his first major victory at the 2021 US Open, so this sluggishness is all the more shocking. He reached the top at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month and last week at the American Express, and was on his way to winning his 10th PGA Tour career at this event.
Ryder, Lai, and Grant, who have not yet won the PGA Tour, tied for the lead with an 8-under-par 64 strokes, followed by Brendan Steele (USA) with a solo 4th place (7-under-par 65 strokes). Gary Woodland and Sahis Sigala (above USA) are tied for 5th place (6 under par 66 strokes).