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Korea, ‘Good Shot’

Posted December. 13, 2002 22:57,   


Choi Gyeong-ju who got inspired by success of Heo Suk-ho who made birdie shooting 2m from no.1 hole (par 4), raised his enthusiasm catching three successive birdie from no.2 hole. Choi Gyeong-ju pulled up Korea to leader board recording five successive birdies from no.7 hole by putting berserk and subtle iron shot.

High light of the game was 11th birdie of Korean team that Choi Gyeong-ju made from no.16 hole (par 4).

Driver T-shot of Choi Gyeong-ju stopped on the ground under a tree escaping right side of fairway due to side wind. Left distance was only 110 yards; however, it was hard to hit the ball due to branches.

In this crisis, Choi Gyeong-ju hit second shot lowering 52 degree and it arrived at 5m distance in left side of hole cup passing under branches. It was a fantastic shot in trouble by Choi Gyeong-ju.

Successively, Heo Suk-ho made 7m birdie putting and grazed hole cup stopping 1m point. The par save was good. Birdie putting of Choi Gyeong-ju went to hole cup wonderfully, taking putting line of double brake which twisted two times in right side and left side.

After the game, Choi Gyeong-ju said, “I was surprised how the ball rolled like that.”

As Heo Suk-ho made shameful face, saying, “I haven’t done much today”, Choi Gyeong-ju patted on his shoulder, saying, “You did good job. I just had good luck today. ”

Whether Korean team win the prize would be decided at second round (starts at 14th 2:10 A.M by Korea time), in which two players hit one ball in turn.

Differently from four ball (better score among two players in each hole becomes team record) that if one player plays well, team can make good mark, in foursome both players should play well so that under par is possible. The game is four round ways that players perform four ball and foursome two times alternatively.

On the other hand, in the first round, Canada (Mike Wier-Eon Regert) was independent top (13 under par 59 hit) and ‘the world top’ U.S (Phil Mikelson-David Toms) was co-16th grade.

Young-Sik Ahn ysahn@donga.com