Kim Dong-min, 25, claimed his first career victory at the Korea Professional Golf Association (KPGA) KB Financial Live Championship (total prize money: 700 million won), giving the Korean Tour its first winner in six of the seven events held this year.
Kim holed out an eagle on the final hole for a 5-under 67 and a final total of 8-under 280 in the final round of the tournament at the par-72, 7270-yard Northwest Course at Blackstone Golf Club in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do, on Sept. 28.
Kim, who made his debut in 2020 after winning a bronze medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, won in just his fourth year on Tour and his 66th start. Kim, who has struggled with his driver, began to turn things around in the second half of last season. He opened the year with a fourth-place finish at the DB Insurance PromiOpen and a second-place finish at the Golf Zone Open in Jeju.
With the 140 million won in prize money, Kim is now second on the money list (338 million won) and first in Genesis points (2351). In second place is Lee Jung-hwan with 1879 points, and in third place is Chung Chan-min with 1767 points 먹튀검증.
Chung Chan-min at the top of the prize money list [Photo: Mae Kyung Open Organizing Committee].
Meanwhile, Chung Chan-min, the winner of the GS Caltex Mae Kyung Open, is the top earner with 354.4 million won. Baek Seok-hyun, who recently won the SK Telecom Open, is in third place with 267.61 million won.
The winners of the Korean Tour’s seven tournaments this year are all different. Lim Sung-jae, who plays on the U.S. Professional Golf (PGA) Tour, won for the second time in four years, while Go Gun-taek, Baek Seok-hyun, Chung Chan-min and Kim Dong-min all recorded their first career victories, except for Europe’s Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) and amateur Cho Woo-young.
This year’s Korean Tour is shaping up to be a season of change. It will be a year of co-organization with the DP World Tour, Asian Tour, and Japan Tour.
Five of the 24 scheduled events are co-sanctioned with overseas tours. The conflict between the PGA Tour and LiveGolf has expanded to include Asia.