SEOUL: Big-hitting Korean Kim Dae-hyun, who won OneAsia’s GS Caltex Maekyung Open two weeks ago, shot a bogey-free 66 to share a five-way tie for the first-round lead at the SK Telecom Open yesterday.
Fellow Koreans Lee Seong-ho and Hwang Jae-min and Australians Brad Kennedy and Henry Epstein also shot six-under-par at the Ocean Course at the Sky 72 Golf Club.
A shot behind were a trio of young Koreans - Kim Do-hoon, aged 21, Son Joon-eob and Kang Sung-hoon, both 22.
K.J. Choi, fellow PGA Tour star Kevin Na and defending champion Park Sang-hyun each shot 70 to lie in a tie for 24th place.
Dae-hyun, the Korean Tour’s longest hitter, shot four birdies on the front nine and two on the back to justify his tag as one of the pre-tournament favourites. – AFP
“I was really happy as I didn’t have any bogeys, although it’s too early to think about winning. I’ll see where I am after the third round,” said Dae-hyun.
“It was a good, steady round, although sometimes I was going a little left with my tee-shots.” – AFP