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Kirk defeats 34-year-old rookie Cole to win the Honda Classic… Prize money of 1.98 billion won

Chris Kirk (USA) won the PGA Tour Honda Classic (total prize money of 8.4 million dollars) after overtime.

On the 27th (Korean time), on the final day of the PGA National Champion Course (par 70) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA, Kirk scored a total of 14 under par 266 in the 4th round to tie with Eric Cole (USA). won and won

The game was split on the third shot in the first overtime played on the 18th hole (par 5). Kirk’s third shot with 108 yards left was about 50cm from the hole. Cole hit his third shot from a little closer at 84 yards, but it was 3.3m from the ball. Cole failed to put a birdie putt, and Kirk caught a tap-in birdie to end the game.

Kirk, who made his professional debut in 2007 and racked up four PGA Tour career victories, last won at the Crown Plage Invitational in May 2015. With this victory, he reached the height of 5 wins in 7 years and 9 months. The winning prize was 1.512 million dollars (approximately 1.98 billion won).

Born in 1988, Cole is a latecomer to the PGA Tour at the age of 34. During the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am practice round last month, he drew attention by proposing to his girlfriend at the 18th hole tee box at Pebble Beach Links. 스포츠토토

Cole, who debuted in 2009, had only appeared on the PGA Tour three times before this season. He was so unknown that the period of activity on the Korn Ferry Tour was only four years, including the 2017 season, the 2020-2021 season, and the 2022 season. Until this tournament, the official prize money earned on the PGA Tour while working as a professional was only $694,896. On this day, he was the runner-up, and he received a prize of 915,600 dollars (about 1.2 billion won), making a large marriage fund.

Ahn Byeong-hoon (32), who expected his second top 10 finish following a tie for fourth at the Fortinet Championship last September, recorded a 3-over-par 73 on the final day and was satisfied with a tie for 21st with a total of 5-under 275.

Lim Seong-jae (25), the winner of this tournament in 2020, also submitted a scorecard of 2 under par 278 strokes, tied for 42nd place, and Kim Seong-hyun (25) finished the tournament with a tie for 63rd place (2 over par 282 strokes).

The Japanese automaker Honda, which has been sponsoring this tournament since 1972 and has been the longest-serving sponsor of the PGA Tour, decided not to sponsor this year for the last time, so the name Honda Classic disappeared into history.

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