Event introduction (27) Golf

  • September 17, 2023

Korean golf is taking the lead in ‘reviving gold’ at the Asian Games with the ‘PGA Tour Duo’.

Korea is the country that has won the most medals in golf at the Asian Games, with 13 gold medals, 13 silver medals, and 9 bronze medals.

In particular, at the 2006 Doha and 2010 Guangzhou Games, they swept four gold medals in the men’s and women’s individual and team events, enjoying the strongest position in Asia.

At the 2014 Incheon Games, which was the host country, Park Gyeol saved face by winning a gold medal in the women’s individual event, but was unable to defend the title in other events, and at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games, she only received ‘no gold’ for the first time in 20 years, leaving the stronghold of the strongest. This shook.

At the Jakarta Games, Japan swept the men’s individual and team events, and the Philippines took both gold medals in the women’s event.

At that time, Korea had to be satisfied with a silver medal in the men’s individual event (Seungtaek Oh), a bronze medal in the team event, and a silver medal in the women’s team event. In the women’s individual event, there was no medal for the first time since golf was adopted as an official Asian Games event at the 1990 Beijing Games.

Korean golf dreams of a revival at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, where rounds 1 to 4 will be held from the 28th of this month to October 1.

The biggest difference from other Asian Games in this tournament is that professional players will be able to participate. Professional players have been participating in golf since the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, when it was revived as an official sport in the Olympics, but it was not possible in the Asian Games until the 2018 Games.

However, in this tournament, the rule that ‘only amateur players can participate’ was deleted from the golf game guidelines, opening the way for professional players to participate. There is an analysis that it was influenced by the Olympics, which saw a large number of world-class professional athletes participate, show high-level competition, and become a box office success.

Accordingly, Korea, which mainly consisted of amateur high school players, also formed an Asian Games national team that included professional players.

In the men’s division, which consists of 4 players, 2 professionals and 2 amateurs were selected. The three-member women’s division was scheduled to consist of one professional and two amateurs, but the professional players declined to participate, so the national team was made up of only amateur players.메이저사이트

In the men’s division, where Seongjae Lim and Siwoo Kim, who are active on the PGA Tour, will lead the way, expectations of a double gold medal are rising early.

Amateurs Cho Woo-young and Jang Yu-bin, who were selected through the selection competition, have already proven themselves as ‘prepared professionals’ by winning back-to-back wins at this year’s Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour competition, so the men’s division is evaluated as worthy of aiming for gold in both the individual and team competitions.

For male athletes, the military service benefits that will be given upon winning a gold medal are bound to serve as a particularly great motivator.

For Seong-jae Lim and Si-woo Kim, this could be an opportunity to focus on the PGA Tour, and for Woo-young Jo and Yu-bin Jang, who postponed turning professional while waiting for the Asian Games, which were postponed by a year, to win a gold medal and become pros, they can consider advancing overseas without any obstacles in the future.

It is true that the weight is lower compared to the men’s division with professional players, but female players, including Kim Min-sol, who ranked in the top 10 at the LPGA Tour BMW Championship held in Korea last year, have performed well several times in professional competitions, showing their competitiveness. It seemed.

In the men’s division, Japan and home team China, which dominated the gold medal in the last tournament, are considered major competitors, while in the women’s division, China has emerged as a dark horse as Southeast Asia is expected to take a big hit following the previous tournament.

In particular, attention is focused on the results as Yin Luoning, who recently ranked No. 1 in the world with two wins on this year’s LPGA Tour, including the major KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, is scheduled to participate as a representative of China.

China has no gold medals and only five silver and four bronze medals in Asian Games golf.

The Asian Games golf match will be held at the West Lake International Golf Course in Hangzhou, but as the Chinese side does not open the course until just before the competition, adaptation to the course is expected to be key.

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