The Singapore Open will kick off the 2017 Japan Tour season in 2 weeks from now. It will be the first of seven JGTO tournaments in which a Korean is the defending champion.This title is currently held by Younghan Song, after his dramatic Monday morning victory last year, with the then world number one, Jordan Spieth breathing down his neck right up until the last putt on the 72nd hole. It will come as no surprise if Song successfully defends his title, but with the likes of Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and all of the top players from the Japan and Asian Tours, it certainly won’t be an easy task.
KT Kim continued his impressive form in Japan in 2016, picking up an incredible 3 victories in a 6 week spell. Japan is certainly like a second home to Kim, but it is also becoming a similar situation for Song, who we expect to pick up multiple victories this year. Byung-Min Cho, Min-Gyu Cho and Sang-Hyun Park were the other Korean winners in Japan in 2016.
We expect that there will be a similar outcome this year, as the Japan Tour continues to be the most favoured and successful tour for Korean golfers playing outside of Korea.
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