Kim Min-kyu of South Korea won the national championship at the Korea Open Golf Championship on Sunday, claiming his maiden triumph at home.
Kim won the championship following a competitive final round of the Asian Tour competition at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan, which required a playoff.
The 21-year-old was five under par going into his penultimate hole and tied for first place. However, his drive went left and off the course.
Kim and Cho Min-gyu, who were fighting for their first professional titles, were sent back to the 16th hole after the final round’s three-hole aggregate playoff.
At the 18th hole, Kim and Cho both missed the green, but Kim made a putt for a birdie to win the national championship while Cho missed his.
To be really honest, this is surreal, remarked Kim. “I was nervous, but the outcomes were excellent. I feel fantastic,” he told the media.
Kim’s victory earns him 450,000,000 won ($349,000) in prize money as well as a spot in the 150th Open at St. Andrews in Scotland from July 10 to 17.
Since 1958, the Korea Open has been conducted annually; however, the Covid-19 outbreak forced the cancellation of the 2020 tournament.