Undoubtedly, Younghan Song, the highest ranked player in the field, will be hoping to claim his first win since the 2016 Singapore Open. This looks like a great opportunity for Song, but it is far from a certainty, like every other week. First off, he needs to stop the run of two missed cuts in his last two events, since his T-2nd in Singapore.
2016 KPGA Player of the Year, Jinho Choi, a two time winner last year, will be making his first appearance in New Zealand. Having recently played the Genesis Open, Choi is getting in some good preparation ahead of a busy KPGA season. In addition to Song and Choi, there are another ten Koreans teeing it up this week in Queenstown.
YE Yang, who spent a lot of time in New Zealand in the early part of his golfing career, is arguably the next best hope of producing a solid performance. He had an MC in his last start at the Joburg Open, but also a T-27th at the Sony Open in Hawaii, so it’s been a mixed bag so far this year for Yang.
There are a number of Japan Tour winners teeing it up this week too, including Min Gyu Cho, Hyung Sung Kim, I J Jang, Hyun Woo Ryu, SJ Park and Jung Gon Hwang. Sungjae Im, who finished T-3rd at the Myanmar Open earlier this year, Byung Jun Kim and Soon Sang Hong make up the twelve Koreans hoping for a good week in New Zealand.
Whatever the outcome, the setting will remain the winner this week!
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