Will Korean golf win gold in Hangzhou? Professionals from China, India, Thailand, etc.

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“Just because the emperor of golf, Tiger Woods, appears does not guarantee winning the tournament. “Considering the characteristics of the Asian Games, which are different from professional competitions, I will go forward with the mindset of reducing strokes one by one until the end.”

Kim Hyeong-tae (46), coach of the Hangzhou Asian Games men’s team, cautioned against the optimism of some who thought they would naturally win the Asian Games gold medal. Korea’s men’s national team consists of Im Seong-jae (25) and Kim Si-woo (28), who are active on the PGA Tour, and amateurs Cho Woo-young (22) and Jang Yu-bin (21). The women’s national team features only amateur players such as Kim Min-sol (17), Lim Ji-yu (18), and Yoo Hyeon-jo (18).

The Asian Games feature a wide variety of players, from top players to bogey players. The course difficulty is made normal so that even players with poor performance can complete the round. Starting from this tournament, a cut was introduced, so players above a certain level will compete starting from the third round. The military service benefits attached to a gold medal play a role in boosting the fighting spirit of Korean athletes, but they can also be a burden and a poison. In the name of fairness in course adaptation, players from each country will be able to enter China on the 25th, three days before the competition.

Korea has the most medals in the Asian Games in history (13 gold, 13 silver, and 9 bronze), but in the previous competition, 2018 Jakarta/Palembang, it only received ‘no gold’ for the first time in 20 years.

Four gold medals are at stake, including the men’s and women’s individual event and the team event, at the four-day golf event held at the West Lake International Golf Course in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, starting on the 28th. In the men’s and women’s individual competitions, the player with the best results will be ranked first. For the men’s team competition, four players from each country participate and add up the scores of the three best performers in each round to determine the team rankings. For the women, three athletes compete and the scores of the top two each round are added together to determine the team rankings.

Looking at the list of golf players for this tournament, which was 토토사이트released on the 18th through MyInfo, an information site for the Hangzhou Asian Games, Korea is strong in the men’s division. Seongjae Lim and Siwoo Kim, who won 2 and 4 wins, respectively, on the PGA Tour, while Wooyoung Jo and Yubin Jang showed an upward trend, each winning one win as amateurs in this year’s Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour.

However, India is not easy with Anirban Lahiri and Shubhankar Sharma, who recorded two wins each on the European Tour, and Thailand also features Pachara Kongwatmai, who finished runner-up after overtime at the Shinhan Donghae Open earlier this month. Veteran Woo Ah-soon, who gave the host country China its first European Tour victory, Sidikur Rahman (Bangladesh), who won twice in the Asian Tour, and Daichi Ko (Hong Kong), who participated in this year’s Shinhan Donghae Open, also have good skills.

Japan, with its array of amateur powerhouses, is no slouch either. Japan swept the men’s individual and team events at the 2018 tournament.

In the women’s division, China, with a team of world number one Yin Luoning, Lin Xiyu and Liu Yu, who are active on the LPGA tour, will challenge for their first gold medal. Aditi Ashok (India) and Jen Bei-yun (Taiwan) are also players playing on the LPGA tour. Thailand will have two amateur players along with PK Kongkraphan, who played on the LPGA tour until 2019. Kim Min-sol, who recently showed good performance as an invited player on the Korea Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour, expressed her determination, saying, “Even if China has the advantage, I will play with all my might to aim for the gold medal.”

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