Siu Kim and Byung-Hoon Ahn are tied for seventh place after the first day of the Charles Schwab Challenge on the U.S. Professional Golf (PGA) Tour ($8.7 million purse).
Kim and Byung-hoon Ahn shot a combined 3-under 67 to sit in a tie for seventh place, five shots behind leader Harry Hall (8-under 62-England) after the first round at Colonial CC (par 70, 7209 yards) in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, on Saturday. He is in the same position as Scotty Schauffler, who is playing his first tournament in his home state of Texas since returning to the world No. 1 ranking, and defending champion Sam Burns and Billy Horschel (USA).
Kim had five birdies and two bogeys. She started on the 10th hole with three straight birdies and added a birdie on the 15th, but then made two more bogeys and one birdie. Kim continued his upward trajectory after a tie for second at the AT&T Byron Nelson two weeks ago.
“I got off to a good start and birdied three holes in a row to try and get my score down,” said Kim. The wind picked up in the second half and it was a little difficult to stay in the fairways,” said Kim, “but I stayed focused and finished strong to get off to a good start.” “I think this course is one of the hardest to stay in the fairway. The wind makes it even more difficult off the tee, so I’ll have to play well tomorrow and keep the fairways open. I’m in the top 10 on the first day, so I think I can do well if I don’t give up until the end.” 메이저놀이터
Ahn started on the 10th and birdied four straight holes from the 11th and added a birdie on the first hole of the back nine (par-5) to get to five under par, but dropped shots on the fourth and sixth holes. Ahn will be looking for his third top-10 of the season after a tie for sixth at the Valero Texas Open last month.
Harris English (USA) is three shots off the lead after a 5-under 65, while four players, including Tom Hoag (USA), are tied for third at 4-under 66.
Lee Kyung-hoon (KOR) is tied for 22nd at 2-under 68, while Lim Sung-jae (KOR), who missed the cut at the PGA Championship last week, is tied for 82nd at 2-over 72.
Lesson pro Michael Block, who had a fairytale run at the PGA Championship, finishing in a tie for 15th, was the lowest-ranked invitee with an 11-over par 81 on day one. He had two birdies, seven bogeys, and three double-bogeys.