‘50% hit rate on greens, but only 3 birdies without bogey.’
Ahn Byeong-hoon, who finished the game neatly with an elaborate short game even though his shot was shaky, seized the opportunity to win.
Ahn Byeong-hoon shot 3 under par 68 in the first round of the PGA Tour Valspar Championship (total prize money: $8.1 million) held at the Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course (par 71) in Palm Harbor, Florida on the 17th (Korean time). hit It is tied for 7th place, just two strokes behind the joint leaders such as Ryan Brem, Adam Schenk (above USA), and Stefan Yeager (Germany).
Ahn Byeong-hun also showed satisfaction. He looked back, saying, “I think everything was fine like this on days when there was no bogey. The shot was good,” he said. Ahn Byeong-hoon went down to the second part, the Korn Ferry Tour, due to poor performance last season, and returned. And in September of last year, at the Fortinet Championship, which was the opening game of the season, he tied for 4th place and made a splendid return report, but has never made it to the top 10 in 14 competitions since. In the second half of the tournament, the trend of grades going down continued due to’lack of support’. 토토사이트
Ahn Byung-hun said, “I haven’t done well on this course so far, but I want to get better results this year.”
Ahn Byeong-hoon showed the aspect of a long hitter, with the average tee shot distance reaching 300.6 yards, including a maximum of 364.6 yards that day. But what saved him that day was his short game. He had a fairway hit rate of 46.15%, only 93rd among players, and even his iron shot was dull, so his green hit rate was only 50%. It was a bogey crisis on 9 of 18 holes. However, he caught par in all 9 holes where he missed the green, and he fell into a bunker around the green once, but even that was blocked with a par.
In particular, in the highlight of this tournament, the ‘Snake Pit’ (holes 16 to 18), he finished with a good feeling by reducing one stroke. In the 16th hole, the tee shot deviated greatly to the left, but after putting it on the green with an iron shot, he caught a par. The last 18th hole (par 4) recorded a par with a clean 2-on 2-putt. Kim Seong-hyun tied for 32nd at even par, and Lee Kyung-hoon finished the first round with a 3-over par and tied for 96th. Sam Burns (USA), who is aiming for a “three-game winning streak,” also cruised. Burns recorded 5 birdies and 3 bogeys and tied for 12th with Justin Thomas (USA) and Adam Hadwin (Canada) with a 2 under par 69 strokes.