Four Korean players, including “veteran” Park Sang-hyun (40), Kim Young-soo (34), Moon Gyeong-jun (41), and Lee Tae-hee (39), succeeded in advancing to the final round at PIF Saudi International, the opening day of the Asian Tour. On the other hand, golfers belonging to LIV lost face by being eliminated en masse.
On the second day of the tournament held at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club (par 70) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the 3rd (local time), Park Sang-hyun reduced 4 strokes by catching 4 birdies without a bogey. Park Sang-hyun, who scored a total of 4 under par in rounds 1 and 2, tied for 19th with Brooks Koepka (USA) and others. It is 7 strokes behind the sole leader Abraham Anser (Mexico, 11 under par). 안전놀이터
Kim Young-soo, who won the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour Genesis Grand Prize and prize money at the same time last year, succeeded in advancing to the final round with a tie for 49th place with a total of 1 under par. Moon Gyeong-jun also made the cut with the same ranking, and Lee Tae-hee shot an even par of 140 to advance to the finals with a tie for 58th place. On the other hand, Kim Min-kyu (22) lost 4 strokes on the day and missed the cut with a total of 1 over par 141 strokes.
The opening game of the Asian Tour attracted a lot of attention even before the start of the tournament as a large number of players from LIV participated. However, World No. 4 Cameron Smith (Australia), Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Bubba Watson (above USA) suffered the bitter taste of missing the cut. Smith, who won the PGA Tour Players Championship and The Open last year, expected to earn world ranking points in this tournament after moving to LIV Golf, but missed the cut with a total of 2-over-par 142 strokes. Watson also recorded a 2-over par of 142. Mickelson swayed greatly with a 1-over par of 141 and DeChambeau with a 7-over par of 147.