The final day of the 60th KPGA Championship provided the spectators with non stop excitement with as many as ten players being in contention for the lucrative trophy, until the closing few holes. A birdie on the difficult par 3 17th proved to be the decisive moment for eventual winner Junggon Hwang, who carded a final round 67 to win by one shot.
As well as having the honor of being a Korean Major winner, Hwang has now also secured himself a spot at the highly anticipated inaugural PGA Tour CJ Cup, to be held on Jeju Island this October. With 60 PGA Tour players lined up, no cut line and prize money of $9.25M, Hwang will undoubtedly insure that he is ready to take on the world’s best in a few months time.
With just three holes left to play, Hyungjoon Lee was two shots clear, after shooting eight under par for 15 holes. However, two late bogeys on 16 and more importantly the last, in which he three putted from 20 feet, effectively costing him the chance of a play-off.
A bogey free final round 66 for Giwhan Kim secured him second place alongside Lee. This was Kim’s second consecutive runner up finish at Korean Major tournaments, after his epic Korea Open play-off loss to Yikeun Chang.
Knowing that he held a one shot lead going up the difficult 18th, Hwang held his nerve to record a par 4, which proved to be just enough to take home the biggest win of his career.
The next automatic CJ Cup spot available for KPGA Tour players will be at the inaugural Genesis Championship in September. It’s back to the Caido Series next week in Gunsan.
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