Kang Seong-hun (38) was in a hurry. In the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (total prize money of 9 million dollars) of the American Professional Golf (PGA) Tour, where the tournament ended a day late due to strong winds and bad weather, there was a possibility that the schedule could be completed properly.
On the 6th, Sunghoon Kang, who teed off at 12:42 pm (local time) at the 10th hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links (par 72) in Monterey, California, USA, hurriedly played and was able to hit the last 9th hole tee shot at around 5:30 pm. . Afterwards, when the sunset time (5:33) passed, the organizers sounded the horn announcing the suspension of the game. It was time for the last group, including Justin Rose (England), who was competing for the lead, to be on the second shot in the 10th hole.
After the tee shot on the ninth hole, when the stop signal went off, Kang sighed in relief. In the case of a sunset stoppage, the player who shot the tee shot can finish the game after completing the hole. Kang Seong-hoon finished the tournament with a par save after sending the ball to the green with a second shot from the bunker on the left side of the hole. Kang Seong-hoon reduced 4 strokes with 7 birdies and 3 bogeys, and recorded a final total of 7 under par 280 strokes, finishing in a tie for 28th. The final ranking will be decided on the 7th.
By finishing all the tournaments as scheduled, Kang was able to move quickly and participate in the Monday qualifying round for the WM Phoenix Open held at TPC Scottsdale near Phoenix, Arizona the next day. He would have been in big trouble if the stop signal had sounded before the tee shot on the last hole. Kang Seong-hoon, who lost his tour card due to poor performance last season and is participating in the event conditionally, knocked on the door of the Monday qualifying round after being knocked out of the Phoenix Open, the first full-field special event this year.
Ahn Byeong-hun (32), who was in the same situation, was caught with three holes left. Ahn Byeong-hun, who started at hole 10 32 minutes later than Sung-hoon Kang, cut 3 strokes with 4 birdies and 1 bogey until the 6th hole in the second half, and continued the next day with a 5-under par (tied for 40th place). Ahn Byeong-hoon, who returned to the PGA Tour through the Korn Ferry Tour (Part 2) last season, was also very disappointed because he had applied for the Monday qualifying round for the Phoenix Open.
The PGA Tour announced that 15 of the scheduled participants in the Monday qualifiers for the Phoenix Open passed the Pebble Beach Pro-Am cut, and some of them, like Ahn Byeong-hoon, faced an uncontrollable situation. Some players withdrew and went to Arizona to catch the slightest hope of participating in a special tournament with a total prize of 20 million dollars and a championship prize of 3.6 million dollars. 메이저놀이터
Ahn Byeong-hun has not yet completely emptied his mind. The next Monday’s preliminaries tee-off time is 1:20 pm, so he can arrive at the site as soon as possible if he uses a light plane after finishing the remainder of the game that follows the sunrise (7:06 am) almost at the same time. Ahn Byung-hun is as special as he tied for 9th at the 2019 Phoenix Open, and his affection and motivation for this tournament are special.
In the Monday qualifying round for the Phoenix Open, 118 people applied for participation as a special event. Only those in the top 3 can go to the first round of the tournament, which opens on the 9th.
Joohyung Kim (21), Seongjae Lim (25), Siwoo Kim (28), and Kyunghoon Lee (32) will participate in this competition.