Kim Joo-hyung (21) also showed off his appearance as a ‘rising star’ at the WM Phoenix Open (total prize money of 20 million dollars).
In the final round of the PGA Tour Phoenix Open held at TPC Scottsdale (par 71) in Scottsdale, Arizona on the 13th (Korean time)메이저놀이터, Kim Joo-hyung scored 3 birdies, 2 bogeys, and 1 triple bogey. I tied it up and hit a 2-over par 73.
Kim Joo-hyung, who recorded a final total of 1 under par 283 strokes, finished the tournament tied for 50th place. It was the first tournament in about two weeks after a tie for 6th place at the American Express at the end of January, but it was a disappointment.
Nevertheless, Kim Joo-hyung solidified his position with performance instead of grades in this competition. The PGA Tour detected his star quality, and Kim Joo-hyung reciprocated with a neat shot.
Broadcaster CBS is having some players wear microphones on certain holes so that players can feel how they are playing.
In the third round on the 12th, the main character who kicked the microphone was Kim Joo-hyung. Kim Joo-hyung sent a tee shot to the right of the fairway in the 13th hole (par 5). The ball flew 329 yards (about 300 m), leaving 224 yards (204.8 m) to the pin.
Caddy Jo Scobron, who led Kim Joo-hyung’s caddy and Rickie Fowler (USA) to the winner of the tournament in 2019, advised dropping the ball at 212 to 215 yards and letting it roll.
The caddy, who was discussing the landing point, recommended that he use a 5-iron because he had to hit hard with a 6-iron. Kim Joo-hyung, who had been practicing swinging with an iron, said he would do it after seeing about 205 yards, and entered the swing cautiously.
The results were close to perfect. The ball landed on the rough side in front of the green, bounced, and rolled straight to the pin. It fit exactly as Kim Joo-hyung and Scobron envisioned. The broadcasters who saw this also praised, saying, “You showed a perfect shot.” I couldn’t connect it with an eagle, but I shook off the burden in front of the camera and showed off my best shot.
Even in the second round, Kim Joo-hyung took a shot wearing the NBA Devin Booker uniform in the 16th hole (par 3) of the ‘Colosseum’. Booker is a franchise star representing the Phoenix Suns as a shooting guard. Since it is a tournament held in Phoenix, it seems that Booker’s uniform was chosen.
Even before the tournament, he drew attention by having a practice round with John Rahm (Spain), swimmer Mike Phelps (USA), and NFL star JJ Watts (USA).
This is Kim Joo-hyung, who has already made friends with major players on the PGA Tour, such as Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) and Max Homa (USA). Although he finished in 50th place in this tournament, his presence was evident in the Phoenix Open as well.