The fateful 18th hole. A three-putt bogey on the 17th (par-4) seemed to put the win out of reach.
There were sighs from many in the gallery. But as Yogi Berra once said, golf isn’t over until it’s over. Kim dropped his 302-yard tee shot into the fairway and then hit the green with 236 yards to spare. His second shot landed just five meters short of the hole. And he was in with a chance. His fateful eagle putt, hit a little too hard, sank into the middle of the hole. And with that, he changed his life in one shot.
Kim Dong-min, 25, the bronze medalist in the men’s golf team event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, enjoyed the thrill of his first win on the Korean Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour. Kim shot a 5-under 67 in the final round of the KPGA Korean Tour’s KB Financial Reeve Championship ($700 million in prize money) at Blackstone Golf Club (Par 72) in Icheon, South Korea, on Monday to win with a four-round total of 8-under 280.
Kim Dong-min, who joined the KPGA Korean 토토사이트 Tour in 2020 and is in his fourth year on the tour, won in his 66th start on the KPGA Korean Tour. It was also his 53rd appearance in a seeded event.
Kim had a rough three years as a professional until last year. In three years, he made the cut in just 19 of 47 tournaments, less than half the time. He was a far cry from a championship contender. Heading into this tournament, no one was picking him to win.
After a tie for seventh at the Choi Kyung-ju Invitational last October, a runner-up finish at the Golf Zone-Doray Open in November and a tie for sixth at the season-ending LG Signature Players Championship, he soared to No. 37 on the money list this year with a fourth-place finish at the DB Insurance Promi Open and a runner-up finish at the Golf Zone Open.
Meanwhile, Kim Dong-min, who earned 140 million won for his victory, moved up to No. 2 on the money list. Kim took home the title as the runner-up Golf Zone Open title went to amateur Jo Woo-young. Kim is looking to make 2023 his year, with the added bonus of winning the tournament twice this year.