Saturday October 20, 2012
Kyung-nam goes on birdie blitz in Korean Open
SEOUL: South Korea’s Kang Kyung-nam fired a three-under 68 in the first round of the Korean Open on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead over American Garrett Sapp.
Play was cut short due to bad light, but none of the players left to finish had a chance of catching the 28-year-old leader, who boasted seven birdies offset by four bogeys at the US$900,000 OneAsia competition.
“This is the event that Korean players want to win more than any other,” Kang said, adding:
In joint third place were Koreans Choi Ho-sung, Suk Jong-yul, Kim Byung-jun and Kim Dae-hyun, and American Hong “Charles” Chang-kyu.
Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa and Korea’s Noh Seiung-yul, both aged 21 and now playing in the United States, drew the biggest audience around the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club course. — AFP