Baek Seok-hyun’s ‘escape from obscurity’ thrilled first victory

I lost 60kg, but
7th place on the Korean Tour was the ‘best result’

The 49th tournament SK Telecom Open
18th hole, over 1 stroke, won by 1 shot
“It feels hard to describe in words” Tears

“I think the 18th hole bunker shot is the best shot in my life. ”

Baek Seok-hyun (33) overcame the crisis of reversal on the last hole and announced his escape from obscurity by winning the first championship in his debut at the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour SK Telecom Open (total prize money of 1.3 billion won). In the final round of the tournament held at Pinx GC (par 71) in Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do on the 21st, Baek Seok-hyun reduced 2 strokes with 1 eagle, 3 birdies and 3 bogeys and recorded a total of 13 under par 271 strokes, Korean Canadian Lee Tae-hoon (12 under par 272 strokes) , and won the prize money of 260 million won.

Baek Seok-hyun, who took the lead from the second day of the tournament after playing the remainder of the first round due to bad weather and never lost the lead and achieved a perfect victory, said, “I didn’t know winning felt like this. It’s hard to express in words,” she burst into tears. A newlywed in the fifth month, he wept, saying, “I will become a good son and son-in-law to my parents, father-in-law, and mother-in-law who have supported me so far.”

Baek Seok-hyun, who started jointly with veteran Choi Ho-seong (50), who is famous for his ‘fisherman swing’, lost the lead with Choi Ho-seong’s birdie on the 3rd hole (par 3), but after succeeding in a two-on on the 4th hole (par 5), an eagle reaching 11m He putt and immediately took the lead. Afterwards, Baek Seok-hyun, who took a birdie on holes 5 (par 3), holes 10 and 12 (par 4 above) and took the lead by 3 strokes, took a bogey on hole 14 (par 3) to lead by 2 strokes to the 17th hole and seemed to consolidate the championship. did.

Baek Seok-hyun, who faced the last crisis by sending his tee shot on the 18th hole (par 4) to the right penalty area and taking a one-stroke penalty, also fell into the bunker on the right side of the green, secured the victory by one shot by putting his bunker shot 1m inside the hole and blocking it with a bogey. It was the best shot, saying, “I don’t think I can hit it that way even if I ask him to hit it again.”

Baek Seok-hyun, who immigrated to Thailand in middle school to learn golf and debuted as a pro at the Asian Tour in 2010, won 5 wins on the Thailand Tour as her best performance. After joining the KPGA in 2014, he started playing on the Korean Tour in earnest last year after serving in the military in 2018-2019.

Baek Seok-hyun once became a hot topic by reducing his weight from over 140kg to the 80kg range with a height of 181cm, but his performance did not stand out enough that last year’s Asiad CC Busan Open tied for 7th place was the best.

After recovering to around 100kg,스포츠토토 he saw the effect of the ‘no-look putt’ (playing while looking at the hole without looking at the ball when putting), which he chose as a breakthrough in his shaky putt sense, and led to his first win. “I didn’t look at the ball for my confident putt today,” he said with a laugh, saying, “I was so nervous about the last putt that I couldn’t see the ball or the hole and only looked at my hand.”

Last year’s winner Kim Bio reduced 5 strokes and tied for 3rd place (10 under par, 274 strokes) with Lee Tae-hee and amateur Song Min-hyuk, and Choi Gyeong-ju, who served as the executive chairman of the tournament, finished in a tie for 19th place (5 under par, 279 strokes).

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