Kim Joo-hyung (21, photo) surpassed his ‘idols’ Tiger Woods (48, USA) in terms of his performance before his debut in the Masters Tournament, a major men’s golf tournament. A final total of 2 under par 286, tied for 16th place, was his first Masters scorecard. Not only did he pass the cut, but he was in the ‘Top 20’, so it can be seen as a successful result. Woods tied for 41st in his debut 1995 event.
However, after finishing the tournament held at Augusta National GC (par 72, 7545 yards) in Augusta, Georgia, USA on the 10th (Korean time), Kim Joo-hyung said, “I wanted to repay the people (with good results) like the World Cup soccer team.” bowed down It means that although he had the best performance as a Korean player along with Lim Seong-jae (25), he was disappointed that he could not achieve his goal of winning.
So, when asked to score his first Masters, he said, “It’s not even 10 points,” and “It can be said that it was finished well, but there were many mistakes.” 안전놀이터
The most regrettable scene for Kim Joo-hyung in this tournament was the 15th hole (par 5) in the first round with a double bogey. He lost the number of strokes even with a good third shot in the bunker. The ball, which fell exactly where Kim Joo-hyung wanted, could not withstand the infamous glass ball green and rolled endlessly into the water. If you caught par on this hole, it was possible to make a ‘top 10’. At the 15th hole, Kim Joo-hyung took revenge by catching an eagle on the last day. He hit a perfect second shot about 2m to the side of the hole. Kim Joo-hyung explained, “I played the Eagle on the 15th hole today with a hybrid, and it felt good from the moment I hit it, so I thought the ball would stick to the hole.”
In addition, it was a stage where Kim Joo-hyung could realize his changed status, such as being treated as a ‘top star’ throughout the tournament. In the practice round, Kim Joo-hyung practiced with Woods, Rory McIlroy (34, Northern Ireland), and Scotty Scheffler (27, USA) and stood at the center of the topic. He was the only Korean player to be invited to an official press conference before the tournament, which only calls the winners or candidates for the championship the previous year. Kim Joo-hyung emphasized, “I always wanted to go to the Masters I saw on TV, but when I came and played, I felt like I wanted to win.”