The world’s best (minus Jason Day) golfers from all the leading Tours, will tee it up in Mexico this week, for the first WGC event of 2017. This includes four of Korea’s top ranked players, who will need to adapt to the unique high altitude conditions from the offset.
Jeung-hun Wang, who has endured back-to-back missed cuts since winning in Qatar, will not have to worry about that possibility this week, as WGC events are a guaranteed four rounds for all players. The 21 year old, world 42 returns to action after a two week break back in Korea. He is capable of hitting top form any week and cannot be ruled out of being in contention on Sunday afternoon.
Byeong Hun An, who has had mixed fortunes so far this year, will be hoping to reproduce the form that had him in such a prominent position at the Waste Management Phoenix Open a few weeks ago. He hasn’t missed a cut since last July and it is only a matter of time before his considered play turns into a victory for the current world number 46.
KT Kim, who qualifies to play this week via the Japan Tour, has enjoyed some family time back in Korea since finishing T-34th at the Maybank Championship. He was well on course for a decent result in Malaysia, until a late capitulation on the final day back nine. However, the week prior, saw Kim claim T-3rd at the Myanmar Open. He looks a lot more comfortable playing in Asia, than this part of the world, but maybe this week can change this fact.
For Siwoo Kim, the past few months have been nothing short of a disaster. The 21 year old is in desperate need of a good week to stop the rot which includes: 63rd (field of 77), WD, MC, T-30th (field of 32) , WD, MC, MC, MC, MC. Surprisingly, Kim is still currently ranked 62nd in the world and has shown some glimpses recently of the special talent he is. Unfortunately, glimpses are not enough and Kim needs to put a solid string of performances together or continue to struggle.
With this weeks venue, Club De Golf Chapultepect almost 8,000 feet above sea level, the main test for the players may be having faith in their numbers and trusting that their ball flight and distance will be different to usual. It’s going to be a huge challenge for the Koreans to contend this week, but hopefully one that they will relish.
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