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JGTO: Still Seeking A Korean Victory In 2017 

At this stage last year, Korean players had racked up five wins on the 2016 Japan Tour, with three of those wins coming from KT Kim. The other two victories came from Younghan Song and Byung Min Cho. The 2017 version of these tournaments have all been and gone, with no back to back victories for the aforementioned, although Song did come very close in Singapore, back in January. 

Younghan Song has yet to hit the form he showed throughout 2016, but one feels that Song’s big week is not far away. His third place finish at the SK Telecom Open two weeks ago was his best result in six months, this week could be even better…

Although he qualified for The Open last week with his T-4th finish at the Mizuno Open Golf Championship, KT will not be pleased with his overall performances in 2017 so far. He entered the year as defending champion of three Japan Tour titles; he has now relinquished all three. But you would be very naive to rule out KT any week in Japan…

This week, the strength and desire to play in Japan is very evident, as six top Korean players (including KT and Song) have snubbed the milestone 60th Korea Open, in favour of the JGT Championship. This is one of the Japan Tour Majors and has more prize money on offer. The Korea Open was rescheduled this year to accommodate for The Open spots available, but it seems little consideration was made for this clash of big tournaments. 

The JGT Championship starts this Thursday at Shishido Hills. 

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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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