Kim Joo-hyung, 5 strokes in the lead, fierce pursuit… PGA Tour American Express 3R 5th place
Kim Joo-hyung, who was sluggish after missing the cut at the Sony Open, the previous tournament, appears to have succeeded in restoring his honor at the American Express (total prize money of 8 million dollars). The green light was turned on to enter the top 5 following the first competition by ranking tied for 5th in the 3R.
Kim Joo-hyung hit 5 under par 67 with 7 birdies and 2 bogies in the 3rd round of the tournament held at the PGA West Stadium Course (par 72, 7,187 yards) in La Quinta, California, USA on the 22nd (Korean time). Kim Joo-hyung, who recorded a total of 18 under par and 198 strokes on three days, started the final round on the 23rd with a tie for 5th place. Compared to the previous day’s tie for third place, the ranking was somewhat lower, but the range was maintained with a difference of five strokes from the leader.
Kim Joo-hyung raised his momentum by putting birdie putts at a distance of about 3m in succession in holes 2, 4, and 6. He faced a crisis by recording consecutive bogeys on holes 10 and 11, but in hole 13 (par 3), he succeeded in reversing the atmosphere by making a birdie putt over 5m. In the last 18th hole (par 4), he even made a 3.5m birdie putt and finished the third round in good condition.
Other Korean players performed poorly in the third round. Lim Seong-jae (25) shot 4 under par 68 with 5 birdies and 1 bogey, but the ranking went down to 9th place (17 under par 199 strokes). It is a disappointing result considering that he tied for third place with Kim Joo-hyung the day before. 메이저놀이터
Last Sony Open winner Kim Si-woo (28) tied for 27th with 13 under par and 203 strokes, and Ahn Byeong-hoon (32) tied for 36th with 12 under par and 204 strokes, far away from the championship. The co-leaders are Jon Lam (Spain) and Davis Thompson (USA), who are 23 under par 193 side by side. Ram and Thompson are four strokes ahead of JT Poston (USA) and Christian Bezawidenhaut (South Africa), who are tied for third place, at 19 under par, 197 strokes.
Kim Joo-hyung is trying to win three tours in three months since the Shriners Children’s Open in October last year.