KPGA Permanent Seed Holder Kyeong-Tae Kim Interview“Everyone thought I came without ups and downs. I suffered a lot because of my grades.”
Looking back on the past two years, Kim Kyung-tae opened his mouth. At the Casio World Open held in December 2019, he won in 3 years and 6 months. It was a valuable achievement after overcoming a long slump. As such, expectations for his next season were high. However, the situation reversed the following year when Corona 19 broke out and the tournament was canceled one after another. To make matters worse, the right back injury also recurred. Kim Kyung-tae recalled, “All victories are precious, but the Casio World Open is special because it was obtained in the most difficult period of life.”
‘Monster’ Kim Kyung-tae, who is trying to win the title for the first time in two years, returns to the Korean Tour. It has been 16 years since I moved to Japan in 2008. Kim Kyung-tae, who met with the Asian economy on the 17th, explained the background of his return to Korea, saying, “I was going through a difficult time alone in Japan and desperately needed help from my family.” Advice from fellow players who worked together in Japan, such as Han Seung-soo, Lee Won-jun, and Cho Min-gyu, also had an impact. He said, “I often heard from people around me that the domestic tour environment has become incomparably better than before.
The fact that he was qualified as a ‘permanent seed right holder’ at the right time was also effective. This year, KPGA changed the qualification of permanent seed holder from ‘a person with a career record of 25 wins or more’ to ‘a person with a career record of 20 wins and a winner of four major tournaments’. Accordingly, with 6 wins in Korea and 14 wins in Japan, he was named the 6th permanent seed. He is very young compared to his seniors, such as Han Jang-sang (83) and Choi Sang-ho (68). Kim Kyung-tae hinted, “Winning is only바카라 for a moment, but a permanent seed lasts a lifetime. He received more congratulatory calls than when he won.”
He has been noted for his excellent skills since he was an amateur, but his golf life was far from glamorous. The days when he was happy with good grades were short-lived, and the times he spent in pain were much longer when the game did not turn out the way he wanted. At that time, he sat alone in his hotel room, lost in thought. Contrary to his monstrous nickname, his actual personality is taciturn rather than tough. Kim Kyung-tae said, “Even when I’m having a hard time, I like to spend time alone rather than meeting friends or drinking.”
After going around and looking for the answer, the answer was in the ‘basic’. This was also the advice of his father, a former pro, who emphasized basic skills enough to ask him to check his grip and address first. Kim Kyung-tae went back to the basics and checked the iron shot he was most confident about. Kim Kyung-tae emphasized, “I realized that the iron shot, which I thought was the greatest weapon while playing golf for the rest of my life, had collapsed.” .
Although he suffered a lot, he has never regretted becoming a golfer. The thought that he was good at holding the golf club has not changed. Kim Kyung-tae said, “It is true that sometimes it is difficult enough to want to let go of everything, but when I overcome it and lift the trophy, I feel an indescribable sense of accomplishment.” I am always grateful to have you,” he said.
Currently, Kim Kyung-tae is focusing on field training in Thailand. When asked about his resolution for this season, he said, “I don’t have any specific goals,” and said, “I want to make a year to find confidence.” Kim Kyung-tae’s goal this year is to make a year that shows the skills of the days when he was confidently running the field again.