After a very productive off season, the 2017 KPGA schedule now has 19 tournaments, up from 13 last year. It all kicks off this week at Dayou Montvert CC, near Pocheon, about one hour north of Seoul.
The 13th Dongbu Insurance Promi Open has attracted a very strong field of experienced and young Korean golfers, with defending champion Jinho Choi hoping for success once again.
2016 Player of the Year Choi has set his sights on adding a few more titles to his trophy cabinet this year, but his long term goal is to secure a card away from Korea, with the Web.com Tour seemingly his main target.
So who can challenge Choi this week and for the season ahead? There are a number of potential contenders, but the standout player could possibly be Changwoo Lee.
The 2013 Asian Amateur champion had a solid 2016, even though he failed to pick up a victory. If Lee continues his consistent form in 2017, a win is certainly not too far away.
Maybe Lee can go one better than he did at the season opener last year. He is undoubtedly talented enough to rival Choi throughout the 2017 season, and a victory early on in the season could open up the floodgates of potential he clearly possesses.
Sanghee Lee, the 2016 SK Telekom champion produced a solid performance last week in Japan and will certainly fancy his chances of challenging this week. Lee is the type of player that could win any week if he can reach the performance level he did last year at SKY72.
Hyungjoon Lee, the winner of the final event of last season- the Caido Korea Championship, is also one to watch this week and for the year ahead.
It seems almost inevitable that at least one player will emerge from the rest of the pack and produce an unexpected strong performance to get into contention and who knows, maybe go on to win. This is why the game of golf is so fascinating- anyone can win any week. Maybe this will be the case this week, maybe…
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