Shin Yong-gu, a Korean-Canadian, took the lead by one stroke in the Asian Tour International Series Oman (total prize money of 2 million dollars).
On the first day of the tournament held at Al Maj Golf Course (par 72) in Oman on the 9th (local time), Shin Yong-gu scored a 6 under par 66, leading Sergio Garcia (Spain) and Sadom Kawakanzana (Thailand), who are tied for second place, by one stroke. .
Shin Yong-gu, who started the game in the morning with less wind, was able to take the lead by catching 5 birdies without a bogey. Shin Yong-koo, who had three consecutive birdies on holes 4 through 6, added a birdie on hole 8 to reduce his 4 strokes in the first half and added two birdies on holes 10 and 17 in the second half. 안전놀이터
Shin Yong-gu said after the game, “There was little wind in the first half, so I made several birdies.” “But in the second half, it was not easy because the wind direction was confusing. I was lucky to play no-bogey today.” The competition course, Al Marz Golf Course, was designed by Greg Norman of the ‘Great White Shark’ and is a links course located by the sea, so the sea breeze has a great influence.
Garcia, who started on hole 10, caught three consecutive birdies on holes 2 and 4 in the second half, then added birdies on holes 6 and 7 to tie for the lead, but made a bogey on the last hole and faced the second round in a tie for second place. . Garcia, 43, plays for LIV Golf.
Shin Yong-gu won the Korean Tour Woosung General Construction Open last year. Shin Yong-gu, who moved to Canada with his family at the age of three, started playing golf as a hobby at the age of 13 and has been playing on the Korean Tour since 2019. The Woosung General Construction Open, where he won, was his 49th Korean Tour event.
Moon Gyeong-jun (41) started in a tie for 5th place with 5 birdies and 2 bogeys and a 3 under par 69. Seo Yo-seop, a long hitter, recorded 2-under-par 70 strokes with 5 birdies and 3 bogeys, tying for 9th place with Kim Si-hwan (USA), the prize money champion of last year’s Asian Tour. Bio Kim tied for 21st with a 1-under 71, and Min-gyu Kim tied for 29th with an even par with Seung-taek Lee.
Bae Sang-moon, who dropped to 1101st in the world rankings, shot a 2-over-par 74 with 2 birdies and 4 bogies to start in a tie for 62nd with Brooks Koepka (USA) and Carlos Ortiz (Mexico). Koepka committed two birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey.