‘Korean Tank’ Choi Kyung-joo (53, SK Telecom) unfortunately finished in second place at the PGA Champions Tour.
Kyung-Joo Choi is seen in the third round on the last day of the PGA Champions Tour Sanford International (total prize money of $2 million) held at Minnehaha CC (par 70, 6,729 yards) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA on the 18th (Korean time). He hit 5 under par 65 with 6 birdies in 1 shot.
Choi Gyeong-ju, who recorded a final total of 15 under par and 195 strokes, finished the tournament in sole second place, one stroke behind Steve Stricker (USA) with 16 under par and 194 strokes .
Kyung-Joo Choi won his first Pure Insurance Championship in September 2021 after entering the Champions Tour in 2020. This is the fourth runner-up finish and it has been about 11 months since the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in October 2022.
Choi Gyeong-ju continued his race for the championship by tying for the lead with Stricker with a birdie on the 16th hole (par 5), but Stricker, who played in the back group, caught a birdie on the same hole and gave up the lead. And in the final 18th hole (par 4), he made a bogey and lost base by 1 stroke.안전놀이터
Steve Stricker won his 6th overall Champions Tour title by defending his title at the PGA Champions Tour Sanford International held at Minnehaha CC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA on the 18th (Korean time). AFP Yonhap News
Choi Gyeong-ju also took second place in this competition in 2021. And he lifted the trophy at the Pure Insurance Championship that immediately followed. Kyung-Joo Choi will participate in the Pure Insurance Championship next week as the defending champion.
He will then enter the country to participate in the KPGA Korean Tour Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance Choi Gyeong-ju Invitational held in Korea as a tournament leader and player.
With this win, Stricker earned his sixth win in the Champions Tour. Three of those wins were at Sanford International. Including the 12 wins on the regular PGA tour, this is his 17th win in total.
Yang Yong-eun (51), who tied for 3rd place at the Ascension Charity Classic (total prize money of $2 million) last week, finished this tournament tied for 18th place (final total of 7 under par, 203 strokes).