Ham Jeong-woo, the winner of the Genesis Grand Prize for the 2023 season of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour, announced his intention to challenge overseas stages, saying, “I will paddle when the water comes in.”
Ham finished tied for fourth with a final total of 7-under-par 277 at the KPGA Korean Tour’s LG Signature Players Championship (total prize money of 1.3 billion won) at Seowon Valley Country Club in Paju, Gyeonggi-do, on Wednesday.
Ham, who could have joined the playoff if he had made a birdie putt from about 4 meters on the final hole, ended the season with the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
Ham won the Hyundai Offshore Choi Kyung Joo Invitational this year, 안전카지노사이트 giving him three wins on the tour, and showed his stability by finishing in the top 10 on 11 of his 22 starts.
He ranks third on the money list ($632,252) and first in top-10 finishes.
“I’m really happy to win the grand prize, which is only awarded after a season of steady performance,” said Ham, who secured a bonus of 100 million won, a Genesis car, five years of tour seeding, a direct entry into the final round of the PGA Tour Qualifying School, and a one-year DP World Tour seeding, in a post-match interview. “My wife was suffering a lot because of my poor performance after we got married and had a daughter, so I’m glad I was able to ease her burden,” he said.
“During the break in July and August, my wife and I would wake up at 5 a.m. and run about 5 kilometers together,” he said, adding, “My wife encouraged me to do this before the start of the second half of the year because my endurance is usually weak, and I think I won the grand prize as a result.” He gave credit to his wife.
“I plan to experience foreign tours by the first half of next year,” said Ham, introducing his schedule for the upcoming season, which will include the final round of the PGA Tour Qualifying School and the DP World Tour.
“The PGA Tour has been my dream since I was a kid,” he said, adding, “The European Tour has a lot of difficulties due to the long travel distance, but I will analyze the opportunity well and challenge it.”
“To survive on foreign tours, it is more important to be adaptable than technical,” said Ham, who analyzed, “In addition to the U.S. and European tours, I will also play the Asian Tour and LIV Golf promotion tournaments,” and expressed confidence that he will “paddle when the water comes in.” 카지노사이트