Seo Yo-seop, who warmed up from the Asian Tour, tied for the lead on the first day of the KPGA Opening Day
Seo Yo-seop (27) competed for the championship as a joint leader on the first day of the DB Insurance Promi Open (total prize money of 700 million won) before the opening of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour 2023 season.
In the first round of the tournament held on the 13th at Ravievell Country Club Old Course (par 72) in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, Seo Yo-seop pulled out 7 birdies and wrote down 2 bogeys to hit a 5 under par 67 and beat Go Gun-taek, Jang Hee-bin, Kim Seung-hyuk and Bae Yong-joon. jointly led the way.
Seo Yo-seop, who won two victories in the 2022 season following the 2021 season, gave the grand prize to Kim Young-soo, who won the last tournament last year, so he could not get a chance to go to the European stage.
The winner of the KPGA Korean Tour Grand Prix is entitled to participate in the DP World Tour for one year.
Seo Yo-seop, who was tied for the lead on the first day, showed a firm determination after the game, saying, “I won 2 each the year before last and last year, but I will win more than 3 this year.”
On the first day of the opening day안전놀이터, Seo Yo-seop, who improved his performance by writing down the number of strokes in his 60s, picked the tee shot and the second shot as his strategy for the remaining rounds.
Seo Yo-seop said, “I was able to play the game comfortably because my tee shot went well on a course with narrow fairways. From tomorrow, the tee shot is also a tee shot, but I will pay more attention to the second shot.”
The Korean Tour is the season opener, but the fact that many players, including Seo Yo-seop, started the season on the Asian Tour also helped improve performance. Prior to participating in this tournament, Seo Yo-seop participated in four Asian Tour events.
Seo Yo-seop said, “I don’t feel like the opening match because I’ve been playing tournaments all the time. He has a sense of real life. Through trial and error, my shot sense improved.”
Bae Yong-joon and Jang Hee-min, who entered the second year of the tour, took the joint lead with Seo Yo-seop, foreshadowing a heated competition from the opening game.
Defending champion Park Sang-hyun had an uneventful first day of winning for the second year in a row by posting a 2-under-par 70 with one eagle, three birdies, and three bogeys on the first day. Although tied for 20th place, the gap with the player group is not large by 3 strokes.
The match started 20 minutes late in the morning due to frost, and nine players could not finish the first round by sunset, so the rest of the game was played early in the morning of the 14th.