Kim Joo-hyung (21) and Im Seong-jae (25), who missed the cut side by side at the Sony Open of the US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour last week, and Lim Seong-jae (25), tied for 3rd in the second round of the American Express (total prize money of 8 million dollars), clearing up the sluggishness. appeared to give
On the 21st (Korean time) in the second day of the tournament held in La Quinta, California, the U.S., the Korean duo stormed up the ranks with strong blows. In particular, Kim Joo-hyung, who was in 64th place on the first day of the competition and showed a sluggish appearance, was dazzling.
Joo-hyung Kim, who started the game on the 10th hole (par 4) of the Nicklaus Tournament Course (par 72, 7147 yards), made a fresh start by catching birdies, eagles and birdies in a row from the first hole. He reduced 6 strokes only in the 9th hole in the first half, including consecutive birdies in the 15th and 16th holes. He added 4 birdies without bogey even in the 9th hole in the second half, and showed a flawless play that reduced 10 strokes only in the 2nd round. He recorded a median total of 13 under par 131, jumping from 64th the previous day to a tie for third.
After the game, Kim Joo-hyung said, “I think I played a good game,” and expressed his feelings, “I was really disappointed with the putt, but today I feel good about the shot and especially the putt feeling came back, so I was able to get good results.”
Next, Kim Joo-hyung said, “Following the Sony Open, the putt feeling was not good until yesterday. The stroke seemed okay, but the hole looked too small.” “Today, I tried to have a new mindset. Then I was able to play a little more comfortably on the green, and I was able to fully focus on my play. I think that made the difference,” he added.
Kim Joo-hyung said, “(For a new mindset) I had time to look back on myself. I’ve been playing very well so far. It’s just that a few things didn’t go the way I thought. I found my confidence again and I think I can do well in the remaining two rounds.”
Lim Seong-jae, who played on the PGA West Stadium course (par 72, 7187 yards), also scored 6 under par 66 with 1 eagle, 6 birdies and 2 bogeys in the second round. Lim Seong-jae, who scored 131 strokes in the second round, tied for 3rd with Kim Joo-hyung, Jason Day (Australia), and JT Poston (USA), turning the halfway point of the tournament.
Lim Seong-jae said, “In the beginning, an eagle came out and I rode a good flow, but I made a three-putt in the ninth hole, so the atmosphere went into the second half in a bad mood. Still, he had to reduce his score as much as possible so that the remaining 3 or 4 rounds were comfortable, so he focused on the game as much as possible,” he explained the atmosphere at the time of the 2nd round.안전놀이터
Im Seong-jae said, “It would be nice to play the rest of the round like today, but I think the best way here is not to make mistakes as much as possible.” It is a strategy,” he said.
In this tournament, rounds 1 to 3 are held at three places: the PGA West Stadium Course, Nicklaus Tournament Course, and La Quinta Country Club (par 72, 7060 yards), and players who are eliminated from the cut are sorted out. The last 4 rounds will be held on the West Stadium course.
The leader of the tournament is Davis Thompson (USA) with 18 under par and 126 strokes. Im Seong-jae and Kim Joo-hyung are 5 strokes ahead. 2nd place is Jon Ram (Spain) with 16 under par 128 strokes.
Last week’s Sony Open winner Kim Si-woo (28) also improved his ranking.
Kim Si-woo, who showed a sluggish appearance with a tie for 85th the previous day, drove 8 birdies without bogey and rose to a tie for 14th with a median total of 10 under par 134 strokes.
Lee Kyung-hoon (32) is in the 80th with 4 under par and 140 strokes, and Roh Seung-yeol (32) and Ahn Byeong-hoon (32) are outside the top 100 with 3 under par and 141 strokes.
Seonghyun Kim (25) recorded 143 strokes at 1 under par, and Seonghun Kang (36) recorded 146 strokes at 2 over par.
Reruns of the second round of this tournament can be watched from 2:00 pm on the 21st through JTBC Golf. The 3rd round match will be broadcast live on JTBC Golf & Sports from 4 am on the 22nd.