Thanks to the partnership between Genesis and the Korean PGA Tour, 2016 KPGA Player of the Year Jinho Choi received an invite to tee it up this week at the PGA Tour Genesis Open.
Choi will face the toughest field of his career at the Riviera Country Club in California. However, this is exactly what he is aiming for this year and long term; a regular schedule against the world’s best, outside of Korea.
Choi’s namesake KJ, Ben An, Seung Yul Noh, Siwoo Kim, Sung Kang and Whee Kim will also feature this week.
Noh will take a lot of confidence from last week’s T-8th at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, while An will be looking to continue his early season form, which included a 6th place finish in his last outing, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Many, including An himself, will say that he should have won in Phoenix, but the experience he gained from that week will hold him in good stead for a busy year ahead. Sung Kang also enjoyed a good week in Phoenix, eventually finishing in T-12th.
It’s been a difficult start to 2017 for arguably Korea’s brightest young prospect. Siwoo Kim has been struggling with a niggling injury and has yet to produce any decent form in his opening few tournaments this year, missing the cut in his last two events, with some high numbers on his scorecards. Hopefully he can get back to his 2016 form this week.
Whee Kim and KJ Choi have also had slow starts to 2017. Kim has also missed the last two cuts, but did pick up a T-17th at the CareerBuilder Challenge last month.
KJ has been very much out of sorts recently and is on a wretched run of six missed cuts in a row. There’s no doubt that he will turn this form around, and hopefully sooner rather than later.
The Genesis Open will begin this Thursday and the Koreans face a very tough test if they want to get to the top of the leaderboard this week. Nothing is predictable or impossible in golf, so lets see what happens!
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