Joo Hyung Kim, 21, got off to a strong start at the BMW PGA Championship ($9 million purse), the fourth stop on the DP World Tour’s Rolex Series.
Kim carded four birdies and two bogeys in the first round of the DP World Tour BMW PGA Championship at the par-72 Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, England, on Friday (Aug. 15).
His 2-under 70 puts him in a tie for 32nd place with Sepp Straka (Austria) and Luke Donald (England). He is six strokes behind leader Marcus Helikilde (DEN).
Kim made his first birdie of the day on the seventh (par-4) after saving par from the start. After a bogey on the ninth (par-4), Kim added a birdie on the 10th (par-3) and traded bogeys for birdies on 11 and 12.
Needing to get back to even par, Kim dropped his second shot on the 18th (par-5) to about 5.4 meters from the hole. He had an eagle opportunity, but missed the putt and finished with a birdie.
The tournament is a major DP World Tour event in the lead-up to the Ryder Cup and attracted a number of top-ranked players. Matt Fitzpatrick (England) is tied for second at 6-under 66, while Tommy Fleetwood (England) and Shane Lowry (Ireland) are tied for 21st at 3-under 69.
Jon Rahm (Spain) is tied for 46th at 1-under 71, while Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) is tied for 65th at even par.메이저사이트
South Korea’s Jung Hoon Wang, 28, who is competing in the event, had a disappointing start to the tournament, carding a 4-over-par 76, combining four birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey to finish tied for 123rd.
Round two of the BMW PGA Championship, the fourth stop on the DP World Tour’s Rolex Series, will be broadcast live on SPOTV Golf&Health at 8 p.m. on Friday and will also be available on OTT service SPOTV NOW.