Kim Joo-hyung (21) took the sole lead in the first round of the DP World Tour Kazoo Open (total prize money of $3.25 million).
Kim Joo-hyung made seven birdies without a bogey in the first round of the DP World Tour Kazoo Open held at Le Golf National (par 71) in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France on the 22nd (Korean time).
Kim Joo-hyung, who took the sole lead with 7 under par 64 strokes, is one stroke behind the group tied for second place. Joachim Lagergren (Sweden) failed to finish the 18th hole (par 4), but since he missed a birdie opportunity, Kim Joo-hyung is expected to become the sole leader in the first round.
Kim Joo-hyung, who participated in the BMW PGA Championship, a part of the DP World Tour Rolex Series held last week, and tied for 18th place, also participated in this tournament. Although this competition is not the Rolex Series, the 2024 Paris Olympics will be held on this course. This could be a great help to Kim Joo-hyung, who is aiming to participate in the Olympics.
Kim Joo-hyung said, “I played in the games last week, and it was easy to travel because England and France are close by. I know the Olympics will be held here next year. If I qualify, it will definitely be a good preparation. It’s like a bonus for me.” He said.
Kim Joo-hyung, who started from the 10th hole (par 4), caught his first birdie at the 14th hole (par 5). After regrouping, he put on a birdie show in the second half. Kim Joo-hyung, who succeeded in making birdies in four consecutive holes from holes 1 to 4, continued his trend by making consecutive birdies in holes 6 to 7.메이저사이트
He played flawlessly despite the rainy conditions. Kim Joo-hyung explained, “I didn’t expect anything. It was rainy and windy, so the course wasn’t easy. He tried to play the round as stress-free as possible.”
Richard Mansell (England) joined the tied 2nd place group with 6 under par 65 strokes, and Adrian Ortegui (Spain) and Rasmus Hoigor (Denmark) formed the tied 6th place group with 5 under par 66 strokes. Wang Jeong-hoon (28), who participated in this tournament, was shaken, losing 8 strokes.