‘Most wins’ Choi Kyung-ju faces SK Telecom Open with ‘long hitter’ Jeong Chan-min and Kim Bio
Legend’ Choi Kyung-ju (53, SK Telecom) of men’s professional golf, long hitters Jung Chan-min (24, CJ Korea Express) and Kim Bio (33, Hoban Construction) who are active on the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) tour ) to face off against.
Choi Kyung-ju토스카지노will participate in the KPGA Tour SK Telecom Open (total prize money of 1.3 billion won, championship prize of 260 million won) 2023′ held at the Pinx GC (par 71, 7326 yards) in Seogwipo, Jeju for four days from the 18th to the 21st.
According to the 1st and 2nd round groupings announced by the organizing committee, Kyung-Joo Choi, who won the most in this tournament (2003, 2005, 2008), will tee off alongside Chan-Min Jeong and Bio Kim, who are considered the best long hitters in Korea.
Jung Chan-min, who recently won the 42nd GS Caltex Maekyung Open, is gathering topics by earning the nickname ‘Korea’s Yon-ram’.
Jung Chan-min, a rookie last year, became the longest hitter with an average drive distance of 317.11 yards. This record remains the longest in KPGA Tour history. Jeong Chan-min boasts of superpowers to the extent that he can easily exceed 350 yards if he decides to hit.
The ‘defending champion’ Kim Bio is also not easy. He is ranked No. 1 on the KPGA Tour this season. In the 2023 season, his drive average is 337.06 yards.
Jeong Chan-min, called Korea’s Yon-ram (Courtesy of KPGA)
Bio Kim ranked 12th (299.17 yards) in the long hit category last year and recorded an average drive distance of 301.27 yards (7th place) in 2021. Kim Bio, who lifted the trophy twice at the SK Telecom Open, including last year, will stand shoulder to shoulder with Choi Kyung-ju if she reaches the top in this event.
The meeting between Kyung-Joo Choi, who went through a tough battle, defending champion Bio Kim, and Chan-Min Jung, who is currently ranked first in prize money and grand prize points, is a match-up that thrills many golf fans.
Although he may be far behind in distance, the point to watch is how well Choi Kyung-joo, who has strengths in accurate Iot shots and short games, will be able to play with dignity against younger juniors.
In addition to them, Kim Young-soo (34, Alumni Construction), who is active on the DP World Tour this season after winning the Genesis Grand Prize in 2022, Lee Tae-hee (39, OK Savings Bank), who has four wins in his career, and veteran Choi Jin-ho (39, Cowell) also challenged.
Meanwhile, the SK Telecom Open celebrates its 26th this season, and a total of 147 players, including three national team players, are challenging to win. The winner will receive 4 years of tour seeding and 1200 Genesis points.
The event will be broadcast on TV and mobile using various artificial intelligence (AI)-based technologies of SK Telecom, the organizer. It is expected that fans watching and galleries visiting the site will be able to enjoy the contest more conveniently through the commentary of the competition by AI Choi Kyung-ju and the live broadcast of the metabus that connects live action and virtual space.