This year’s 60th KPGA Championship has added some extra incentive for the field to perform to their highest level. As well as a hefty 200,000,000KW winners cheque and the lucrative trophy, a place in the inaugural PGA Tour CJ Cup will be offered to the champion- with no cut line and prize money of $9.25 million on offer.
Defending champion this week is Junsung Kim who will be up against it in his bid to hold onto his title. Kim won in wet, humid conditions last August, but hopefully the weather is much better this time around. Hot temperatures are definitely expected though!
Y.E. Yang will be back in action on Korean soil again and hoping for better than his missed cut at the GS Caltex Maekyung Open. Yang still remains as Korea’s only Major winner- something that one feels will be rectified in the near future.
Last week’s winner Junghwan Lee and runner up Seunghyuk Kim, a reverse result from a fortnight ago, would be more than happy to continue their head to head duel again, but a stronger field faces them and golf cannot be that predictable!
Three Korean Majors have already been played and all three champions will tee it up at A-One CC. Sanghee Lee, Jinho Choi and Yikeun Chang are all in the vying for top spot on the 2017 KPGA Tour and the reward of securing a European Tour card for the eventual winner.
The highest ranked players in the field are the Japan Tour trio KT Kim (85), Younghan Song (97) and Sang Hyun Park (140). Expect to see their names near the top over the weekend, but maybe not…who knows!
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