South Korea’s BIO Kim has won his ninth career Korean Professional Golf (KPGA) Tour title after a thrilling eagle on the 72nd hole to force a play-off. Kim defeated Hwang Jung-gon in a playoff on the final day of the KPGA Korean Tour LX Championship ($600 million in prize money) at The Heaven Country Club (par-72) in Daebudo, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do, on Wednesday. The pair finished the four rounds with identical totals of 21-under-par 267, forcing a playoff on the 18th (par-5) hole. Hwang shot a 10-under 62 on the day, while Kim shot a 5-under 67.After both made par on the first overtime, the second, played on the same 18th hole, came down to the wire when Hwang’s tee shot with his driver flew into the left OB area .Hwang made bogey and Kim, who safely dropped his tee shot into the fairway, put his ball on the green in three and made easy par to secure the win. Kim returned to the top of the KPGA Corian Tour for the first time in a year and three months after winning the SK Telecom Open in June last year and claimed his ninth career title. He took home 120 million won .After sharing the lead in rounds one and two, Kim took over the lead in round three and pulled off a come-from-behind wire-to-wire victory .”It’s one of the things on my bucket list to win a wire-to-wire, but it feels like an upset,” Kim said, “I have a lot of competitions in the second half of the year, so I’ll just enjoy the day and work hard from tomorrow. I want to get to 10 wins in my career. After starting the final round with a two-stroke lead, Kim looked to be slipping out of contention until the 10th hole. Back-to-back birdies at the 11th (par-5) and 12th (par-3) turned the tide, and he dropped another shot at the 14th (par-4), but Hwang had already opened up a two-stroke lead .It looked as though the tournament was in Hwang’s favour when he failed to make any further gains until the 17th, but the 18th (par-5) turned the tables. After dropping his ball 2.5 metres short of the hole with his second shot on the 18th, Kim holed an eagle putt to extend the match. His driver paid off. Gimbio roared in triumph as the eagle putt went in. “Even when I was down, I kept telling myself that it wasn’t over, that I could do it,” he said. “I thought I was down by one, but they told me I was up by two, so I took a chance. When the eagle putt went in, I couldn’t help but cheer,” he said. Earlier, in the first overtime, he had some good fortune when his 3-wood tee shot into the OB area hit the cart path and bounced back into the fairway. Hwang carded 10 birdies without a bogey in the fourth round for a 10-under-par 62, but he couldn’t get over the hump .Hwang’s 62 was one shot under the course record of 63 set by Seo Yosub in the first round of this event last year, but as it was shot under the Preferred Rules, it does not count as a new course record. With eight birdies and no bogeys, Ham Jung-woo briefly moved into sole possession of the lead, but had to settle for a share of third place (20-under-par 268). Seven shots further back was Lee Tae-hee in fourth place (19 under par 269), while Hangzhou Asian Games representative Jang Yubin, who became the first amateur in KPGA Korean Tour history to win back-to-back 바카라사이트 titles, fired a four under par 68 to finish in fifth place (18 under par 270).

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