Kim Joo-hyung (21) continued to compete for the championship on the third day of the PGA Tour American Express.
On the 22nd (Korean time), on the third day of the tournament held at the PGA West Stadium Course (par 72) in La Quinta, California, USA, Kim Joo-hyung hit 5 under par 67 with a median total of 18 under par 198, Sam Burns, Taylor Montgomery and Harry Hicks (above USA). ) tied for fifth place. After the game, Kim Joo-hyung said, “Last week’s Sony Open cutoff was a lot of study.”
Kim Joo-hyung, who succeeded in putting a 3.6m birdie on the last hole, reached the final round by chasing co-leaders John Rahm (Spain) and Davis Thompson (USA) by 5 strokes. Ram won the Sentry Tournament of Champions two weeks ago by overturning a 7-stroke inferiority, so Kim Joo-hyung’s come-from-behind victory is not impossible. If Kim Joo-hyung wins, he will write a record of winning 3 wins on the PGA Tour before the age of 21 like Tiger Woods, the ‘Emperor of Golf’.
Kim Joo-hyung, who saved 4 strokes by catching birdies on the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th holes in the first half, however, made consecutive bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes in the second half, putting a brake on his upward trend. Kim Joo-hyung, who committed his first bogey by dropping his tee shot into a fairway bunker on hole 10 (par 4), made a series of bogeys by dropping his second shot into the penalty area on hole 11 (par 5). However, he recovered his lost score by making consecutive birdies on the 12th and 13th holes, and finished the third round happily with a birdie on the last hole.
Kim Joo-hyung hit the 12th hole birdie as the most valuable birdie. His tee shot with a 2-iron fell into a bunker on the left side of the fairway, but his second shot from an 89-yard distance hit the pin at 4m and made a birdie. Kim Joo-hyung was delighted after the game, saying, “It was a difficult situation, so I thought he was making three consecutive bogeys, but he was able to catch a birdie with a good wedge shot.”
Rahm finally caught up with Thompson by driving a 7-under on the Stadium Course. Ram, who reduced 6 strokes with 1 eagle and 4 birdies in the first half, added birdies on holes 10 and 12 to take the lead, but committed a bogey with a three-putt on hole 17 (par 3) and faced the final round as a joint leader. Rookie Thompson, who took the lead with five eagle shots until the second round, took six birdies (one bogey) without an eagle on this day. 안전놀이터
Lim Seong-jae (25), who played at La Quinta CC, cut 4 strokes to record a median total of 17 under par and 199 strokes, finishing tied for ninth with Scotty Scheffler, Chris Kirk, and Dylan Yu (above USA). Chinese Dylan, who played on the Nicklaus Tournament course, caught 11 birdies without a bogey and tied the course record with 11 under par 61 strokes.
Last week’s Sony Open winner Kim Si-woo (28) cut 3 strokes on the stadium course to rank tied for 27th with a median total of 13 under par and 203 strokes. Ahn Byeong-hoon (32) shot 9 under par at La Quinta and moved up his ranking by 65 places to tie for 36th place with an interim total of 12 under par. However, all other Korean players, including Lee Kyung-hoon (32), were eliminated after the 54-hole cutoff.