Last year, Korean female golfers earned a total of $14,829,531 on the LPGA Tour. It was the result of a collaboration of 24 people. In the 2021-2022 season of the American Professional Golf (PGA) Tour, seven Korean male golfers won $14,647,672. Although the number of players was more than three times that of female golfers, it can be said that the ‘small elite’ Korean male golfers accumulated great prize money with only a difference of 181,859 dollars.
On the PGA Tour in the 2022-2023 season, male golfers in Korea are hunting for prize money that is incomparable to last season.
Starting in mid-September of last year and ending in January of this year, 13 tournaments have been held, and the total prize money earned by Korean male golfers is $8,537,527. Not only is it poised to break the 10 million dollar mark sooner or later, but it is also the pace of prize money hunting that can be expected to reach a total of 20 million dollars this season.
Four Korean male golfers have already surpassed $1 million in prize money for the season. First of all, Kim Joo-hyung, who won the Shriners Children’s Open in October last year, earned a total of 2,584,485 dollars and is ranked 4th in the highest prize money ranking among Korean players, followed by Kim Si-woo, who won the Sony Open this year, with a total of 1,903,458 dollars. He is running 13th in the money list. Lee Gyeong-hoon, who ranked 23rd on the prize money list with a total of $1,224,137, and Lim Seong-jae, who ranked 28th on the prize money ranking with a total of $1,131,101, exceeded $1 million in prize money for the season. Next, Seong-Hyun Kim ranked 45th ($795,938), Byeong-Hun Ahn 54th ($697,260), and Seung-Yeol Noh ranked 133rd ($201,148). 안전놀이터
Korean players are in such a good mood that they marched in the ‘Top 10’ for four consecutive years this year. At the Sentry Tournament of Champions, held as the first tournament of the new year, Kim Joo-hyung and Lee Kyung-hoon tied for 5th and 7th, respectively, and at the subsequent Sony Open, Kim Si-woo won the championship. And at the American Express, Kim Joo-hyung tied for 6th place and continued the top 10 march, and at the Farmers Insurance Open, which ended on the 29th (Korean time), Lim Seong-jae tied for 4th place, inheriting the rising trend of Korean men’s golf.
In particular, Im Seong-jae, who showed ups and downs recently, showed his best result this season at the Farmers Insurance Open, which is expected to be a great boost to Korean men’s golf. Im Seong-jae made a strong start last October at the Shriners Children’s Open, where he participated for the first time this season, finishing 7th, but has not been able to finish in the top 10 since then. Even this year, he showed some ups and downs, such as a tie for 13th in the Sentry Tournament of Champions, a cut-off at the Sony Open, and a tie for 18th in the American Express. However, as Im Seong-jae’s shot, which played the role of an ‘ace’ by winning $5,567,974, the most prize money among Korean male golfers last season, is expected to speed up the prize money hunting in Korean men’s golf.