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Song Tops the Bill at the New Zealand Open


The picturesque New Zealand holds its National Open this week, which includes twelve talented and experienced Koreans in the field.

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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Kenneth Quillinan (aka Quilly!) View All

First up, I suppose I better say hello and thank you for visiting my website, whoever you are. I teach, I write, I caddy, I write, I travel, I write. Mostly, about golf if that interests you. Usually interviews for various publications and blog about my caddy adventures.

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