It is long overdue, but finally the KPGA and KLPGA Tours will join forces at the same venue (albeit different courses) for this week’s tournaments. With both events sponsored by Caido, they clearly saw this as the perfect opportunity to create some Korean golf history.
Although the KLPGA tournament will be played over three days, and has 2 billion won (approx $200,000) more in prize money than the KPGA, it is primarily because of Caidos support this year, that the men’s Tour is in great shape. The KPGA Caido Series, which contains eight events, has been a major factor for the Tours progression this season, so criticizing their support is completely unjustified.
The Seokyung Tani Country Club looks to be in immaculate condition and with it’s traditional Korean clubhouse, what better place to see the Tours come together! Let’s hope the unpredictable Korean summer weather behaves…
In form KLPGA regular Jeongmin Cho will be hoping for back to back Caido Ladies Open titles, and having come so close at the Yongpyong Resort Open in her last outing (eventually finishing second), Cho has a great opportunity to repeat her 2016 success.
Gyeol Park returns to action, with her ongoing knee injury seemingly dealt with for now. Park has had two weeks to recover, so hopefully she can get back to challenging at the top of leaderboards again.
The men’s Caido series has produced four different winners from its opening four tournaments. It’s likely that this trend will continue, but predicting the winner is like guessing a random number from 1-144, it’s highly unlikely. Although, in saying that, Junseok Lee is not far off a maiden KPGA victory and this week could be his time. His last three events: T-9th, T-20th, T-4th.
Kyungnam Kang also looks to be a strong contender this week. He finished runner up at the last Caido tournament two weeks ago and T-12th last week, at the Sega Sammy Cup in Japan.
This week may not be hosting the biggest tournaments of the season on each Tour, but to be able to watch them both at the same venue is quite the bonus for golf fans here.
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