Kolon Korea Open. Kim Seung-hyuk Finally Beats the Fog, To Win

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Korean Kim Seung-hyuk finally beats the fog, to win the Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club

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A last round of -1 under par 70 was enough for Kim Seung-hyuk to win the Kolon Korea Open at foggy Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, with a -2 under par total.

Kim had a very simple game plan;

My game plan was just to make pars, it’s a difficult course and you really need to manage your game if you expect to win here.”

As the current leader of the OneAsia money list Kim  will play the BMW Masters which tees off on Thursday in Shanghai, China.

Noh Seung-yul finished in second place at even par, a last round of -3 under par 69 saw him leap up the leaderboard.

Tied in third place were Lee Tae-hee, Choi Ho-sung and amateur player Ham Jeong-woo, all finished the tournament at +1 over par.

Kolon Korea Open. Monday Finish For Fog Bound Korea Open

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There will be a Monday finish for the fog bound Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club.

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Current leader of the OneAsia Order of Merit,  Kim Seung-hyuk is at the top of the leaderboard at the Kolon Korea Open, having completed 13 holes of the final round at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, and has a competition score of -2 under par.

He thinks he now has a good chance to win the competition;

“Tomorrow, if I can do well on the 16th and 17th holes, I think I have a good chance to win”

In second place is amateur Ham Jeong-woo, who was cruising along before making some mistakes which have cost him dear. He is at -1 under par for the tournament, having carded a double bogey at the par four 12th hole. Play was then suspended due to darkness, he explained his troubles to reporters;

“I had an unplayable on the 12th and ended up with a double bogey, I thought it would turn into a triple bogey so I am happy with the double.”

Noh Seung-yul is the club-house leader at even par, having completed his final round, carding -2 under par for his final effort, and looking at the way things have gone in this tournament he could still be the winner.

The Kolon Korea Open, is one of the longest running national opens in Asia, but unfortunately this year has been plagued by daily fog delays, since it started on Thursday resulting in a Monday finish.

 

Kolon Korea Open. Y.E. Yang Leads the Fog Affected Tournament.

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Major Champion Y.E. Yang leads the fog affected Kolon Korea Open tournament at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Korea.

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The Korea Open tournament has been delayed by early morning fog every day and nobody finished the third round on Saturday, play was halted due to darkness.

Y.E. currently has a one shot lead at -3 under par for the tournament, and is happy that he knows this golf course;

“I know the course and understand how to play it.”

“I will just keep my pace and play my game tomorrow and not attack the course.”

There are six players tied in second place, Chang Yi-keun, Jeon Yun-cheol, Park Ju-hyuk, Ham Jeong-woo. Kang Ji-man and Jun Seok Lee.

Kang Ji-man is full of confidence;

“Woo Jeong Hills has a way of biting back if you lose your concentration, I know I will play well if I concentrate.”

Kolon Korea Open. Kang Ji-man Leads.

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Korean Kang Ji-man leads the Kolon Korea Open on the  Woo Jeong Hills Country Club when play was halted due to darkness.

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 Kang Ji-man shot a second round -2 under par 69, achieved following a two-hour delay due to fog in the morning. At the close of play Kang held a one-stroke advantage over joint first round leader Jeon Yun-cheol who still has six holes to play in his second round.

Kang reported how tough the course is playing, he could have been further ahead but dropped two shots at the end;

“The course is playing tough so it is a good thing my putting clicked today, we faced very challenging approach shots because of the difficult pin positions.”  

Former Army trooper Jeon stands at -3 under par with those six holes left to play of his second round. When play finally resumed on Friday, Choi Ho-sung birdied the 18th for a -4 under par 67 to join Jeon in the first-round lead.

Kevin Na, world ranked 34, was originally credited with adding a 73 to his opening 74 to creep inside the projected cut line but was later disqualified for signing a wrong scorecard. He was hot favorite to win this tournament.

Major champion Y.E. Yang is level par for the tournament with 12 holes of his second round still to play , with the 2012 OneAsia number one Kim Bi-o climbing up the leaderboard with a best-of-the-day -4 under par 67 and is +2 over par after 36 holes.

 

Kolon Korea Open. Rookie Jeon Yun-cheol Leads.

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Rookie Jeon Yun-cheol leads the Kolon Korea Open at the close of play on the opening day, after a late start due to fog.

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Jeon Yun-cheola former army trooper playing in his first major professional tournament, marched all the way to the top of the Kolon Korea Open leaderboard, with an opening bogey free round of 67.

He has a three shot lead and sounds very confident;

“I felt good during my practice round so I was not surprised that I could score low today.”

“I have always played aggressively and that is what I intend to do. I will try my best to win.”

Play was suspended due to darkness, these are the leading players who have completed their opening rounds.
1st place 67 – Jeon Yun-cheol
sharing 2nd with rounds of 70 are  Jun Seok Lee (Aus), Suk Jong-yul, Ham Jeong-woo (AM)
3rd place on 71 - Kim In-ho, Hong Sung-min, Ryan Carter (USA), KIM Do-hoon , Devin Daniels (USA)

World Match-Play Championship. Revenge for Reed.

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Patrick Reed gained revenge over Jamie Donaldson for his defeat at the Ryder Cup by defeating him at the World Match-Play Championship here at London Golf Club.

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Patrick who was the top scorer for the United States at Gleneagles, beat Jamie 3 and 2 in the final round of group matches at London Golf Club and advanced to Saturday’s quarter-finals.

Patrick enjoyed this win, after losing in the first round to Jonas Blixt;

It feels good. The first round felt like I didn’t make any putts. When you lose the first one, you know your back is up against the wall and you have to win going out. 

“To be able to play very solidly the last two rounds, especially late in the day, I made a lot of putts and today I made a lot of clutch and solid putts, which is key to match play.”

Paul Casey and Jonas Blixt battled brilliantly and ended up all square after they both carded rounds of  -10  under par 62s. Paul then found water on the first extra hole and crashed out of the tournament.

Jonas was very complementary about Paul’s play;

“Paul played great, especially on the back nine. He definitely put a lot of pressure on me and snuck away with a couple holes. I snuck away with a couple holes, as well. 

“It was just a great match. I talked to my caddie about it and we were like, this is how we want to play a golf match.”

Victor Dubuisson was the only player already through to the quarters after winning his first two matches, he lost this dead rubber to Steve Gallacher 2 and 1.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell was eliminated when he lost to Joost Luiten, Joost was 2 up.

Graeme was unhappy at having to go home and not be able to defend his title over the week-end;

“I’m very disappointed of course by my defence but there’s quality golf out there. The golf course is set up to be ripped apart and unless you’re shooting 64, 65, you’re going home.”

Mikko Ilonen defeated Alexander Levy 1 up, while Henrik Stenson defeated Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1.

Henrik was helped in his win by holing out from the 17th fairway;

“I felt like if I can stick my lob wedge in there a little bit past and try to spin it back, and came out with a nice flight and knew it was going to be pretty good but , it was a bonus that it went in the hole and spectacular way to finish.”

George Coetzee advanced to the final stages despite losing his match 2 and 1 to Francesco Molinari.

MCCORMACK WAL Jamie DONALDSON lost 3&2 to Patrick REEDUSA

MCCORMACK SWE Jonas BLIXT Match Halved Paul CASEYENG

GABRIELSSON FRA Victor DUBUISSON lost 2&1 to Stephen GALLACHERSCO

GABRIELSSON IRL Shane LOWRY  lost 2&1 to Pablo LARRAZÁBALESP

LARSON NIR Graeme MCDOWELL lost 2 down to Joost LUITENNED

LARSON FIN Mikko ILONEN won 1 up over Alexander LEVYFRA

PALMER SWE Henrik STENSON won 2&1 over Thongchai JAIDEETHA

PALMER ITA Francesco MOLINARI won 2&1 over George COETZEERSA

The quarter-final line-up has Coetzee against Reed, Dubuisson versus Ilonen, Luiten against Larrazábal and Stenson versus Blixt in a Swedish showdown.

China Masters. Young Li Hao-tong Wins

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Li Hao-tong has become the youngest ever winner on the OneAsia Tour, lifting the Nanshan China Open trophy.

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Li carded a final round -1 under par 70 to win the China Open by four shots with a -9 under par total.  The 19-year-old claimed the US$180,000  prize money and the youngest winner record. The previous youngest winner had been Korean Kim Bi-o when claimed this very same event.

Li stated that the wind was so strong, he had never experienced anything like it before;

I think I am too young to win a Masters event, I could not stand sometimes when I was putting as the wind was so strong. I never played in wind like this.”
“It was really really windy. Before I went out I was worried about it as this is not an easy course.” 
 
“I had to keep the ball in the right spot and make pars and hang in there. I could not have played any better, I am really happy.”
Lee Jun-seok was in second place with a -5 under par tournament score, with Todd Baek in third at -3 under par. The winner Li was on the only player in the field who posted an under par score in the final round.
The next event on the OneAsia Tour is the Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club from October 23 to 26.