The 2023 season of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour, with the largest prize money ever, opens.
The first stage is the DB Insurance Promy Open (total prize money of 700 million won), which opens on the 13th at Ravier Bell Country Club (par 72토스카지노, 7178 yards) in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do.
The Korean Tour has loaded the most prize money this year. If the four major tournaments, which have not yet decided on prize money, maintain the same level as last year, the total prize money of the 24 tournaments will reach 25 billion won. If it increases a little further, the prize money is expected to approach 26 billion won.
This is the first time that the total prize money of the Korean Tour has exceeded 25 billion won. After Chairman Koo Ja-cheol took office in 2020, the following year, the total prize money of 17 competitions was 15.6 billion won, and the total prize money of 21 competitions last year was 20.3 billion won.
The DB Insurance Promy Open, which has held the season opener since 2014, is not large in terms of total prize money and prize money (140 million won), but its status is unique. If you win, you will be given a three-year seed, which is one year longer than regular competitions.
This tournament, the sixth with the longest history among the existing Korean Tour tournaments, has not yet allowed a title defense or a second championship. Park Sang-hyun, who has become a signboard of the Korean Tour, is challenging for the first time in history to win two consecutive championships. If Park Sang-hyun, who is currently ranked first with 11 tour wins and a total prize money of 4.386 billion won, wins this tournament, he will break through the total prize money of 4.5 billion won for the first time in tour history.
Personally, Park Sang-hyun, who is challenging his first title defense, said, “I have improved my game sense, stamina, and condition in line with the opening match.” “The key is to quickly adapt to the competition course. The goal, of course, is to win,” he said.
Previous champions such as Moon Do-yeop (2021), Jeon Ga-ram (2018), Maeng Dong-seop (2017), Choi Jin-ho (2016), Heo In-hoe (2015), Lee Dong-min (2014), Kang Gyeong-nam (2011), and Lee Ki-sang (2009) also threw a challenge. . In the case of Garam Jeon, who finished his military service, it is before returning to tour. Moon Do-yeop, Seo Yo-seop, who has won many victories for two years in a row, and Jang Hee-min, who reported their first win last year, are eager to win because it is a tournament hosted by the main sponsor. Seo Yo-seop, who unfortunately failed to win the grand prize last year, said, “I will participate in the competition with the pride of representing DB Insurance.”
A country that participated in the tournament as an invited amateur player last year and set the record for the youngest player to participate in the KPGA Korean Tour (12 years, 11 months, 16 days) and the youngest player to pass the KPGA Korean Tour cut (13 years, 3 months, 19 days) at the Biz Play Electronic Newspaper Open. Representative Ahn Seong-hyun was invited this year as well.