“Walking together relieves tension and makes us laugh. My wife’s support has been a great help in winning the championship.”
The championship trophy and prize money of 1.7 billion won. ‘New groom’ Kim Si-woo (28), who had been married less than a month ago, gave his wife Oh Ji-hyeon a proper wedding present. And don’t forget to say “thank you”. Kim Si-woo, who entered the 11th year of the US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour, succeeded in a thrilling come-from-behind victory in his first tournament in 2023. This is the first win of the season and the 4th win of his personal career.
On the 16th (Korean time), in the 4th round of the PGA Tour Sony Open (total prize money: $7.9 million) held at Waialae Country Club (par 70) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, Kim Si-woo caught 8 birdies and blocked 2 bogeys with 6 reduced stroke. Kim Si-woo, who made a total of 18 under par 262 strokes, beat Hayden Berkeley (USA), who competed for the championship until the end, by one stroke, and took the championship trophy and prize money of 1,422,000 dollars (approximately 1.756 billion won) in his hands.
The outcome was difficult to predict until the final 18th hole. While Buckley made a birdie on the 16th hole, Kim Si-woo, who was playing on the 17th hole, also caught a miraculous ‘chip-in birdie’ from outside the green. Then, like Tiger Woods, he clenched his fists and roared. The game was decided on the last par 5 hole. Kim Si-woo, who played the game first, had his tee shot fall into the bunker, but calmly put the ball on the green with his second shot and recorded a birdie with two putts. On the other hand, Berkeley put the ball on the green three times after his tee shot landed on the border between the rough and the fairway, and his birdie putt missed the hole and failed to lead the game into overtime.
Kim Si-woo signed the scorecard and watched the game with Oh Ji-hyun. When Berkeley failed to make a birdie on the last hole and the championship was confirmed, they hugged and took a commemorative photo holding the trophy. 바카라사이트
A victory tasted again in two years after winning three career victories at American Express in 2021. Above all, Kim Si-woo got married to professional golfer Oh Ji-hyun, who recorded 7 wins on the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour on December 18 last year. In addition, Kim Si-woo left his name as the first Korean player to win the Sony Open in 15 years since Choi Kyung-ju in 2008.
Especially in this competition, Kim Si-woo became a completely different person. Normally, he would have been angry at a small mistake, but in this competition, he maintained his composure and focused only on the game. is the power of marriage. Kim Si-woo also mentioned that the stress about the tournament has decreased. Kim Si-woo, who looked back, said, “Last week, I came to Hawaii early on my honeymoon, went out to eat delicious food, and played like a trip.” Thank you for coming with me, and I was able to laugh together in a tense situation, and my tension was relieved.” Then, he smiled brightly again, saying, “Outside the course, I’m so comfortable that I wonder if I came to play. It gives me a lot of strength. As the New Year’s victory came early, I hope I can win two as soon as possible.”
Oh Ji-hyun has not yet decided on her retirement, but she plans to be with her husband for the first time this year. However, it is highly likely that she will return to the KLPGA tour as she still has a one-year contract left with her main sponsor, Daebang Engineering & Construction.
With the victory on this day, Kim Si-woo also held the right to participate in the Masters Tournament of ‘The Masters’ Tournament. Also, expectations for the Asian Games gold medal have risen. Kim Si-woo, along with Lim Seong-jae, was selected early as the Hangzhou Asian Games men’s golf national team.