On the US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour in the 2022-2023 season, Kim Si-woo (28) and Kim Joo-hyung (21) collaborated for two wins in the season, continuing the two winds of K-men’s golf. Thanks to the performance of fellow players, ‘Rookie’ Kim Seong-hyeon (25), An Byeong-hun (32), Noh Seung-yeol (32), and Kang Seong-hoon (36) will challenge to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
The tournament kicks off on February 3 (Korean time) at Pebble Beach Golf Links (par 72) in Pebble Beach, California, USA. The Pebble Beach Pro-Am features a professional player playing alongside a celebrity. In the celebrity category, recently retired soccer player Gareth Bale (Wales) was named on the list and the heat is hot even before the opening. However, most of the top rankers are absent. Matthew Fitzpatrick (England, world number 10) is the only player within the top 10 in the world rankings.
For Seong-hyeon “Rookie” Kim, this is a great opportunity to win the tour for the first time. Kim Seong-hyun, who obtained a PGA Tour seed with top grades on the Korn Ferry Tour (Part 2) in the 2021-2022 season, made a surprise performance at the Shriners Children’s Open in October of last year by entering the top 4 in just three games of his debut. The recent competition has also been good. At the Sony Open, where he participated for the first time in the new year, he tied for 4th on the first day of the tournament, giving a glimpse of the possibility of his first PGA Tour victory. He also performed well in a tie for 20th at the recent Farmers Insurance Open. Although he is a rookie, he is showing good performance in every tournament he enters, raising expectations for his first win on the tour.
Ahn Byeong-hoon, who re-entered the PGA Tour, also continued his hopes for his first tour victory by finishing in a tie for 12th at the Sony Open, where he participated for the first time in the new year.
Noh Seung-yeol. [Photo by Getty Images]
Noh Seung-yeol and Kang Seong-hoon, who have one win on the PGA Tour, are aiming for a rebound in this tournament thanks to the performance of their fellow players. Noh Seung-yeol, who does not have a full seed this season, tried to make a comeback by swinging a 5-under par on the first day of the PGA American Express, where he played as a substitute two weeks ago. However, he suffered the pain of missing the cut due to shot hunting in the second round. It is a time when the atmosphere needs a reversal more than ever. Noh Seung-yeol has competed in six events on the PGA Tour this season, and his best result is a tie for 15th at the RSM Classic. 메이저놀이터
Kang Seong-hun, a lower seed on the PGA Tour, also took the opportunity to participate in this tournament. Kang Seong-hun missed the cut in all four competitions he participated in this season. However, Kang Sung-hoon is a player who has won the PGA Tour. If the water is open, it is possible to win 2 times in the tour. It is expected that the top rankers will be able to prepare a stepping stone for a new leap forward in this tournament, which was largely absent.
Meanwhile, on the 31st, the PGA Tour placed Fitzpatrick at the top of the power rankings predicting the winner of the tournament. Fitzpatrick did well last year in a tie for 6th in the event.
All rounds of the tournament will be broadcast live by JTBC Golf & Sports. The first round will be broadcast live from 4:00 am on February 3rd.