“I tried to instill confidence in myself from the beginning of the game. I can compete well enough.”
Go Gun-taek (24) made 8 birdies and 1 bogey in the final round of the 18th DB Non-Life Insurance Promi Open (total prize money of 700 million won) of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour held at Ravi Ebel Country Club (par 72) in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do. He tied the dog and shot a 7-under-par 65.
Go Gun-taek, who recorded a final total of 20 under par 268 strokes, won the championship by beating second place Park Sang-hyun (40) by two strokes. First win in the fourth year on tour. The winning prize is 140 million won.
Go Gun-taek, who played for the national team in 2016 and as a national team member in 2017, debuted on the Korean Tour in 2020 by tying for ninth at the 2019 Korean Tour Qualifying Tournament (QT). Last year, he participated in 21 competitions, made the top 10 three times, and ranked 35th in prize money (188,056,095 won).
The latter nine holes were the highlight. Go Gun-taek made a birdie on the 10th hole (par 4) and then made three consecutive birdies on the 13th to 15th holes. He added a birdie in the 17th hole (par 3), putting a wedge in the championship, completing the championship with the lowest number of strokes and the most under par in the tournament. The previous record was 19 under par set by Maeng Dong-seop (36) in 2017 at Daeyu Montver Country Club. 메이저사이트
Ko Gun-taek said, “It was an honor and nervous to play with players with excellent skills. So I tried to concentrate more and was able to finish well without making any major mistakes. I really wanted to play this season because there was no championship after my tour debut. I’m glad I won the championship sooner than I thought. I’m still confused,” he said.
Go Gun-taek, who left for field training in the United States ahead of the season, added pitches. In addition to the throw, which is his main pitch, he also honed his fade, and he saw the effect of it in this tournament.
He explained, “The green was hard throughout the tournament. I used fades frequently to help me set the ball well on the green, and it had a great effect. In the final round, I played safely with the goal of par, but luckily I caught a lot of birdies.”
He added, “I’ve only trained on Jeju Island or Southeast Asia, but this year I went to the United States, where the training environment is better. The amount of training has also increased compared to last year. The average driver distance has increased by about 10m compared to last year.”
The swing coach stopped taking lessons last year due to personal circumstances, so I practiced alone from January, but I prepared by taking care of the details alone. He said, “When I played in the lead for the past three years, I couldn’t control my mind and collapsed. I was restless. I tried to make up for these points during the winter, and I brainwashed myself today.”
Defending champion Park Sang-hyun competed for the title that day, but was satisfied with the runner-up with a final total of 18 under par. Seo Yo-seop (26) finished third with a 16-under par and 272 strokes.