The showdown between Korea’s farthest hitter and ‘Iron Man’, who boasts the most sophisticated shot among Korean male golfers who entered the PGA tour, took place.
According to the grouping announced on the 9th by the organizing committee of the Woori Finance Championship, which will be held at Ferrum Club (par 72) in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do for four days from the 11th, Jeong Chan-min (24) and Lim Seong-jae (25) will face off in the same group.
Jeong Chan-min is Korea’s representative long hitter who needs no explanation. Jung Chan-min, who participated in the GS Caltex Maekyung Open, which ended last week, succeeded in winning the first championship in his life based on his long hitting power of up to 400 yards. This year, Jung Chan-min is ranked 5th in the long hit ranking with an average of 341.05 yards, but no player disputes that he is the farthest among male golfers in Korea.
Since 2008, when the Korea Professional Golf메이저놀이터 (KPGA) tour began publishing drive-shot distance statistics, Jeong Chan-min is the man with the highest record for long hits. Jeong Chan-min, who averaged 317.11 yards last year, ranked first with the record for the longest hit ever.
Lim Seong-jae, ranked 18th in the world rankings, the highest among Korean players, has a short drive shot distance, but his sophistication is by far the best. He is ranked 42nd in this year’s PGA Tour greens hit rate with 67.91%, but ranked 9th in last season’s greens hit rate statistics with 70.83%. Although the drive shot distance remains at 107th place (297.7 yards), Im Seong-jae is proudly ranked 9th in the average number of birdies with 4.36 thanks to his sophisticated iron shot and putting ability. With this birdie ability, he finished in the top 10 seven times this season.
It is the first time in 3 years and 7 months since the Genesis Championship in October 2019 that Im Seong-jae will stand on the domestic stage. At that time, great attention is being paid to whether Lim Seong-jae, who won the championship at the time, will win consecutive championships on the domestic stage, or whether last week’s champion Jung Chan-min will win the championship for two weeks in a row.
The third player to accompany Jung Chan-min and Lim Seong-jae in the first and second rounds is Park Sang-hyun (40), who is ranked first in men’s golf career prize money in Korea. Park Sang-hyun has entered the age of 40, but he is still hitting sharp shots. He has participated in three tournaments this year and is running second after Jeong Chan-min in the prize money rankings with the propaganda of finishing second and third once.
The three players start alone at 12:57 pm on the first day and start a shot match.