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New groom Kim Si-woo (28), who married Oh Ji-hyeon (27), who plays an active part in the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour on December 18 last year, kissed her 4th win on the American Professional Golf (PGA) tour. With his wife watching, he won a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the first contest he entered after marriage, giving the new bride the best ‘newlywed gift’.
Kim Si-woo reduced 6 strokes with 8 birdies and 2 bogeys in the 4th round of the Sony Open (total prize money of 7.9 million dollars, 9.8 billion won) held at Waialei Country Club (par 70) in Honolulu, Hawaii on the 16th (Korean time). He recorded a total of 18 under par 262 strokes over four days, beating Hayden Berkeley (US ¤17 under par) by one stroke and winning the championship prize of 1.422 million dollars (1.75 billion won). He added a championship trophy in two years following victories at the 2016 Wyndham Championship and the 2017 Players Championship and the American Express in January 2021. It is the first time in 15 years that a Korean player has won the Sony Open since Choi Gyeong-ju (53) in 2008.
It was a dramatic come-from-behind victory. Kim Si-woo, who was tied for 16th until the 2nd round, reduced 6 strokes in the 3rd round and faced the final round in a tie for 5th place, 3 strokes behind the leader Berkeley.
Holes 1 to 3 (above par 4), Kim Si-woo, who started fresh with 3 consecutive birdies and climbed to second place by one stroke, wrote down bogie-birdie-bogey-birdie from hole 6 (par 4) and played the first half at Berkeley. Finished at 15 under par.
Kim Si-woo, who became a co-leader by making a bogey at the 11th (par 3) hole, Berkeley of the championship group, caught a birdie at the 12th (par 4) hole and rose to the sole lead for the first time. From this point on, the breathtaking match between Kim Si-woo and Berkeley began. Berkeley took a birdie on the 12th (par 4) hole and tied for first place, then reduced the number of strokes again on the 14th (par 4) hole and took the lead by one stroke alone. However, they missed a short par putt on the 15th (par 4) hole, and the two became tied for the third time.슬롯사이트
It was the 17th (par 3) hole that became the driving force behind Kim Si-woo’s victory. Right after Berkeley caught a birdie on the 16th (par 4) hole and went ahead again with a 17 under par, Kim Si-woo, who was in the 17th hole, made a dramatic chip birdie, making it a tie again. The tee shot went past the green, but the chip shot from 8.5m was sucked into the hole cup.
The momentum of the chip-in birdie continued on the 18th (par 5) hole. After putting the second shot from the bunker on the green, he calmly took a birdie to complete 18 under par and finished the game first. Kim Si-woo, who was preparing for overtime on the practice green, congratulated himself on winning by hugging Oh Ji-hyun when Berkeley’s birdie putt on the 18th hole missed. Kim Si-woo, who went to Hawaii for a honeymoon, said, “I heard the cheers on the 16th hole (from the Berkeley birdie) ahead of the 17th chip shot, so I shot aggressively because I thought I had nothing to lose.” I was able to win thanks to my wife’s support.” Berkeley, who challenged for the first win, had to be satisfied with the runner-up, the best result since his debut, after drinking high praise from Kim Si-woo at the last moment.
‘Rookie’ Kim Seong-hyeon (24) and Ahn Byeong-hoon (32), both former rookies of the PGA Part 2 Corn Ferry Tour last year, were tied for 12th place with a 12-under par, and Lee Gyeong-hoon (32) was tied for 28th with a 10-under par.