Ok Tae-hoon is tied for fourth place after the first round of the 39th Shinhan Donghae Open (total prize money: 1.4 billion won).Ok Tae-hoon carded seven birdies and one bogey in the first round of the tournament on Sunday at the Incheon Club 72 (par-72, 7,204 yards) to finish in a tie for fourth place.After starting the day on the 10th hole (par-4), Ok carded seven birdies before bogeying the 12th hole (par-3) to finish the day in the top 10.Ok is yet to win on the Korean Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour, but he did win the Asian Tour International Series Korea ($1.5 million purse) in Jeju Island last August.This year’s Shinhan Donghae Open is co-hosted by three organizations: the KPGA Korean Tour, the Japan Golf Tour (JGTO) and the Asian Tour.David Puig (Spain) topped the leaderboard after carding eight birdies.The 2001-born Spaniard turned pro last September and immediately made his debut on the Saudi Capital-backed LIV Golf.Ok Tae-hoon, who finished two strokes behind Puig, said in a post-match interview, “I increased the amount of putt practice I did before the tournament,” and added, “I’m actually not in the best shape this week, but I’ll try to focus as this is a tournament that everyone wants to win.”Behind Puig, Anthony Quayle (AUS) and Pachara Kongwatmai (THA) are tied for second at 7-under-par 65, one shot behind the leader.In the classic battle of the long hitters between Korea and Japan, Riki Kawamoto (JPN) fared betterKawamoto, who is averaging 325.1 yards on the JGTO this season, shot a 5-under-par 토토사이트 67 to finish tied for eighth, while Chung, who is averaging 324.6 yards on the KPGA Korean Tour, shot a 1-over-par 73 to finish tied for 109th.Rounding out the top eight was amateur Jo Woo-young, who has one win on the KPGA Korean Tour this year.”I had a bad back, so I focused on treatment rather than training,” said Cho, who is also a member of the Hangzhou Asian Games team. “With the Asian Games coming up in a month, I want to improve my condition rather than try to score too much.”Last year’s winner, Kazuki Higa (JPN), was absent due to a DP World Tour event, while 2021 winner Seo Yoseop (KOR) carded an 8-over-par 80 and slipped to a tie for 136th place in the 138-player field.Korean-American Seung Soo Han (USA), who will become the first player in KPGA Korean Tour history to surpass $800 million in season earnings if he wins or finishes second in this event, is tied for 14th at 4-under par 68.Kim Sung-hyun, who plays on the U.S. Professional Golf (PGA) Tour, is tied for 94th with an even-par 72, while Lee Jae-kyung, the KPGA Korean Tour’s points leader, is tied for 109th with a 1-over 73.Kim Bi-Oh, the winner of last week’s KPGA Korean Tour LX Championship, shot a 4-under 68 and is tied for 14th, looking to win for the second straight week.Featured player Chan-ho Park, the “Korean Express,” shot a 15-over-par 87 to finish in a tie for 138th place.

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