“Major King” Yong Yang, 51, is tied for the lead on the first day of the U.S. Professional Golf (PGA) Tour’s Champions, a tournament with a strong Korean connection.
After the first round of the Pure Insurance Championship at the par-72 Spyglass Hill Course in Pebble Beach, California, USA, on Wednesday (July 23), Yang carded six birdies and a double bogey to shoot 4-under par and share the lead with eight other players, including Brian Gay and Dickie Pride (USA). With nine players in the lead, the competition for the title will be fierce over the next two days.
Yang Yong-eun was unfortunate to make a double bogey at the last. Starting on the 10th hole, Yang Yong-eun was six strokes off the lead through the back seven holes, but on the difficult eighth hole (par-4), she dropped her tee shot and her third shot ended up in a bunker next to the green. Yang ended the first round tied for the lead after dropping two strokes.토토사이트
Yang, who became the first Asian to win a men’s golf major when he defeated “Golf Emperor” Tiger Woods at the 2009 PGA Championship, made his debut on the Senior Tour last year after turning 50. He has yet to win a tournament, but he finished runner-up at last year’s Ascension Charity Classic and has six top-10 finishes this season. At this season’s Ascension Charity Classic, which concluded on Nov. 11, he tied for third place, his best finish of the season, while setting the tournament course record.
If Yang Yong-eun continues her strong play over the next two days and wins, she will become the second South Korean to win the senior event, joining Choi Kyung-joo. Choi became the first South Korean to win the event in 2021.
Choi, who will be looking to defend her title, had two birdies and four bogeys on the day and finished the first day of competition in a tie for 55th place alongside Wee Chang-soo.
The second round of the tournament, which will see three Korean players attempt to win the title at the stunning coastal Pebble Beach, will be broadcast live on JTBC Golf & Sports starting at 7 a.m. on Thursday.