After missing his previous two cuts, as well as being the highest ranked player in this week’s field, Younghan Song may have felt slightly under pressure to perform well at the New Zealand Open.
However, after four rounds of solid golf, a -14 final score will be a very satisfying outcome for Song. His T-12th finish will not be the highlight of 2017, but should give him a boost of confidence ahead of the Japan Tour season, which starts next month.
Song’s T-12th finish was matched by Sung Jae Im, who has been on an impressive run of form over the past few months.
Im looks to have a bright immediate future ahead of him. His solid start to his 2017 season is a continuation from a strong finish to 2016. A win on the KPGA or Japan Tour will certainly will be one of his main goals this year.
Having finished in T-3rd at the Myanmar Open and T-18th at the Singapore Open earlier this year, Im’s last seven tournaments read: T-16th, T-4th, 11th, T-25th, T-18th, T-3rd and T-12th. He will certainly be one to watch out for on the Japan Tour throughout the upcoming season.
The next best Korean was I J Jang, who will be very pleased with his solid performance. Jang shot four sub par rounds to finish on -13 and in T-15th, his best finish since last September at the Ana Open in Japan.
The other Koreans to make the cut were: Jung Gon Hwang -10 (T-24th), Hyung Sung Kim-7 (T-37th), Jinho Choi -6 (T-45th), Soon Sang Hong -4 (T-55th) and Dongmin Lee on level par and T-64th.
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