Korean teen Kim wins Panasonic Swing, Shiv Kapur is second

File picture of South Korean teenager Joonhyung Kim with the Panasonic Open India trophy on the Traditional Golf and Nation Membership final yr. Picture courtesy Asian Tour.

By Rahul Banerji

Korean teen sensation Joohyung Kim was named winner of the 2019/20 Panasonic Swing after September’s Panasonic Open Golf Championship in Japan was cancelled on Friday.

It was thereafter determined to conclude the third version of the collection, leaving Kim the winner forward of India’s Shiv Kapur and John Caitlin of the US.

And with the Covid-19 pandemic displaying no indicators of easing up throughout Asia, the cancellation as soon as once more places the highlight on this yr’s interrupted schedule.

Solely 4 occasions have been performed this yr between the Hong Kong Open (January) and the Bandar Malaysia Open (March) apart from the Q- Faculty in Thailand.

As of now, there aren’t any indications that play will resume anytime within the close to future, although an try was made in early June to try to reset the schedule.

In the meantime, over on the Forest of Arden Marriott Resort & Nation Membership in Birmingham, England, Shubhankar Sharma will want an actual effort to make the cash rounds of the Hero Open.

Sharma carded a 1-over 73 on Thursday and had dropped an extra shot to take a seat on 2-over par and tied 102nd after 9 holes on Friday with the minimize probably at 2-under 142.

Closing nail

On the Asian Tour, the cancellations of the Taiwan Masters and the Hero Indian Open definitely jolted plans, and the Panasonic Open abandonment might be the final straw.

Kim was on 2,172.62 factors after three occasions on the Panasonic Swing – the 2019 Thailand Open, 2019 Panasonic Open India and 2019 BNI Indonesian Masters.

With no indicators of an early resumption, occasion officers had been compelled to conclude the 2019/2020 Swing and the highest three selected factors gathered from the three occasions, the Asian Tour stated.

And from an authentic pool of $150,000, it was adjusted all the way down to $90,000 of which $50,000 went to Kim, $25,000 to Kapur and $15,000 to Catlin, the Asian Tour web site stated.

Kapur completed the decreased Swing on 1,960 factors and Catlin on 1,903.60 factors.

“I’m thrilled to win the Panasonic Swing. It has been a stable run for me,” the 18-year-old Kim stated.

“I want to thank everybody who has helped me in my journey to this point. An enormous thanks to Panasonic for his or her help as properly. It is a nice enhance to me. I’ll proceed to work laborious,” he added.

Stable effort

Kim was T6 on the Thailand Open in his second Asian Tour begin final season and first after securing three victories on the Asian Growth Tour the identical yr.

He then took a breakthrough win in sensational type in India every week later, changing into the second youngest skilled to win on the Asian Tour on the age of 17 years and 149 days.

The Korean concluded his rookie season with a tied-21st place end on the BNI Indonesian Masters, which turned the third and final leg of the 2019/20 Panasonic Swing.

Kim has a spot on the 149th Open Royal St. George’s in 2021.after ending fourth on the SMBC Singapore Open however will make his Main debut a bit of earlier.

Because of a primary victory on residence soil that noticed him break into high 100 on the Official World Golf Rating earlier this month, Kim will now tee up on the PGA Championship subsequent week.

The yr’s first Main, in San Francisco, may also see the return of Tiger Woods to match play for the second time within the resumed PGA Tour season.

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