Uhm Jae-woong overcame a rising Park Sang-hyun to return to the top of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour for the first time in five years.
Uhm lost one stroke in the fourth round of the Baeksong Holdings-Asiad CC Busan Open (total prize money of 1 billion won) at Asiad Country Club (Par 71) in Busan on Sept. 29, but won with a total of 15-under-par 269.
Park Sang-hyun, who was looking to win back-to-back tournaments, competed in the same championship group as Uhm Jae-woong but finished three shots behind in second place with a 12-under-par 272 total.
Uhm made his Korean Tour debut in 2009, but has primarily played on the Asian Tour.
After winning the Huon’s Celebrity Pro-Am in September 2018, Uhm earned his second Korean Tour victory in his hometown of Busan, earning an official purse of 200 million won along with a 200 million won cash bonus.
He also earned 1,000 Genesis points and two years of eligibility until 2025.
After winning the 2018 Korean Tour title, Uhm struggled with injuries.
After undergoing surgery for a torn ligament in his left wrist in July 2021, he was only able to return to the Korean Tour in July of this year.
“I had a lot of fans cheering for me in my hometown of Busan, but it was not a burden but a strength, and I played well because of that,” he said.
“Originally, I was going to participate in the Asian Tour starting next week, but I canceled because I was physically exhausted,” said Uhm, who is also playing on the Asian Tour, adding, “I will think about my future plans.”
Uhm started the final round with a one-shot lead over Park, and at one point in the first round, he led by three strokes.
Park persisted and birdied the 10th (par-4) to take a share of the lead, but Uhm kept his composure.
While Park dropped a stroke at the 14th (par-4), Uhm parred the hole, setting up a crucial opportunity to win at the 16th (par-3).
Park made a costly mistake on the 16th, dropping his tee shot into the water and making a double bogey.
Uhm also bogeyed the hole, but was able to pull within two strokes of Park.
Coming to the final hole, Uhm made a comfortable par putt to win by three strokes after Park made another bogey.
Although Park did not win the title, he received a runner-up prize of 100 million won to jump to the top of the money list (754 million won) and moved up one spot in the Genesis Points standings from fourth to third (4,739 points).
Ham finished in a tie for third place with a 9-under-par 275 and retained the top spot in the Genesis Points standings (5,315 points). 카지노사이트