The DP World Tour (formerly known as the European Tour) will be held in Korea for the first time in 10 years. The new tournament, ‘Korea Championship’, co-hosted by the Korea Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour and DP World Tour, will be held at Incheon Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea (GCK) Urban Links Course (par 72) for four days from the 27th.
It is the first time since the ‘Valentine Championship’ held from 2008 to 2013 that the Korean Tour and the DP World Tour will hold a tournament together in Korea. The total prize money of the tournament is 2 million dollars (approximately 2.67 billion won), and the winning prize is 340,000 dollars (approximately 450 million won). The winner is given a two-year seed for the Korean Tour and DP World Tour.ㅋㅋㅋ벳
A total of 156 players will participate in this tournament, including the top 95 DP World Tour seed rankings, the top 57 Korean Tour players, and 4 recommended players. There are 60 Korean players on the field, but Wang Jeong-hoon (28) was the only DP World Tour seed. Wang Jeong-hoon, who is recording 3 wins on the DP World Tour, said, “I am thrilled to be able to show the Korean fans how to play. He also said ‘Welcome to Korea’ to the DP World Tour players. I hope that (this tournament) will remain as a good memory for them as well.”
Bae Sang-moon (37), who is active on the American Professional Golf (PGA) Tour, challenges the first champion of the tournament as a recommended player. Bae Sang-moon, who won 9 wins on the Korean Tour, 3 wins on the Japan Professional Golf Tour (JGTO), and 2 wins on the PGA Tour, has been competing in a domestic tournament for the first time in a year and seven months since the Shinhan Donghae Open in September 2021. Bae Sang-moon won the Shinhan Donghae Open for two consecutive years in 2013 and 2014, and the venue at the time was Jack Nicklaus GCK Urban Links Course.
At the Golfzon Open, which ended on the 23rd, Cho Woo-young (22), who won the top spot on the Korean Tour for the first time in 10 years as an amateur player, challenges to win two championships in a row. Go Gun-taek (24), who won his first tour victory at the DB Insurance Promy Open before the season opener that ended on the 16th, is also aiming for his second win of the season. Go Gun-taek, who holds the Jack Nicklaus GCK course record (10 under par, 62 strokes), said, “I don’t really care about holding the course record. He said, “If you do your best in every round and every hole, good results will follow.”