Choi Gyeong-ju (53), who declared that he would compete against juniors his son’s age on the PGA Tour rather than the senior tour this year, swung a hard hit from the first day of his first game.
In the first round of the PGA Tour Sony Open (total prize money: $7.9 million) held at the Waialei Country Club (par 70) in Honolulu, Hawaii on the 13th (Korean time), Choi Kyung-ju scored 5 birdies and hit a 4 under par 66. 안전놀이터
Choi Kyung-joo, who ranked at the top of the list, is looking forward to winning the top 10 of a PGA Tour event four years after a tie for 10th at the RBC Heritage in April 2019.
Choi Kyung-ju, who won 8 career victories on the PGA Tour, moved to the Champions Tour, a senior tour from 2020, but he did not stop participating in PGA Tour events and announced that he would focus on participating in the PGA Tour this year.
Choi Kyung-ju, who won the 2008 Sony Open, showed off her accurate shots and computer putts that day, as if reviving the memory of winning the championship. Although the flying distance was the lowest among the participating players, the fairway landing rate was 78.57% and the green hit rate was 77.78%, so the shot was accurate. Waialay Country Club is better for players who hit accurate shots rather than long hits. 1.714 putts per hole wasn’t bad either.
Choi Kyung-ju, who put in a birdie putt over 9m in hole 5 (par 4), added a 4m birdie in hole 9 (par 5). Choi Kyung-ju, who lost the ball in the bunker in front of the green on the 10th hole (par 4), missed a 4m par putt, but made up for it by dropping an 11m birdie putt on the 12th hole (par 4).
Following the 4.5m birdie on the 16th hole (par 4), the 18th hole (par 5) created a chance for a birdie a span of distance, ending the game in a good mood. Choi Kyung-joo said, “I was invited because I was not qualified to play. When I became the champion in 2008, many fans came and many things happened. Maybe because I remembered that time today, I played a fun game.” I was comfortable. I will work harder in the remaining 3 rounds to get good results.”