Kim Si-woo (28), who has been on a good trend by winning the Sony Open this season, will participate in the Valero Texas Open on the PGA Tour and check his shots in preparation for the Masters next week. Ahn Byeong-hun (32) 메이저놀이터and Kim Seong-hyeon (25) engage in an all-out war to get their hands on the last Masters ticket.
The tournament kicks off on the 31st (Korean time) at TPC San Antonio (par 72) in San Antonio, Texas, USA, and the right to participate in the Masters is at stake. Only the winner of the tournament gets a chance to board the last train to the Masters next week. Of the 143 players participating in the tournament, only 11 players, including Kim Si-woo, secured the right to participate in the Masters.
Prior to the opening of the tournament, Kim Si-woo was ranked 6th in the tournament power rankings selected by the PGA Tour. “Siwoo Kim has been maintaining his momentum since winning the title at the Sony Open in January, and tied for 4th in this tournament in 2019,” he explained, explaining why he was selected as a candidate for the championship. Kim Si-woo has already secured the right to participate in the Masters, but he is determined to not only maintain his sense of real combat through this tournament, but also aim for the championship.
Most of the top rankers do not participate in this tournament ahead of the opening of the Masters. All top 10 players in the world are not participating, and the player with the highest world ranking among the participating players is Tyrrell Hatton (England, 17th in the world). For Kim Si-woo, this is a golden opportunity to achieve his second win of the season and his fifth tour victory.
Siwoo Kim and Chris Kirk. [Photo by Getty Images]
Kim Si-woo is showing off his latest shot feeling. Last week at the World Golf Championship (WGC) Del Match Play, he failed to advance to the round of 16, but in the group stage, he beat World No. 9 Victor Hovlan (Norway) and Chris Kirk (USA) by 4 holes, showing good momentum.
Ahn Byung-hun and Kim Seong-hyun, who failed to secure the right to participate in the Masters, are also planning to focus their efforts on winning the Texas Open.
Who will win the tournament and win the last Masters ticket? JTBC Golf & Sports will broadcast all rounds live, and you can watch the first round from 5 am on the 31st.