South Korean men’s golf has virtually booked a gold medal in the team event at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games.
The South Korean team of Lim Sung-jae, Kim Si-woo, Cho Woo-young and Jang Yubin combined for a team score of 58-under-par 590 after the third round on the fourth day of competition at the West Lake International Golf Course (par 72-7280 yards) in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
That’s 14 strokes off the 44-under-par 604 of second-place Thailand and Hong Kong, giving them a good chance of winning on the final day on Oct. 1.
However, the 14-stroke gap is not as wide as the 14-stroke gap in the individual competition, as the top three players from each country are ranked together in the team competition.
South Korea is a strong favorite to win the team event, sending Lim Sung-jae and Kim Si-woo, both of whom have won on the U.S. Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour, along with Cho Woo-young and Jang Yubin, who each have one win on the Korean Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Tour this year as amateurs.
They are favored to win the team gold, but will need to pull off an upset in the individual competition. Daichi Ko (HONG KONG) dropped two strokes on the day to take sole possession of the lead at 24-under-par 192, while Hung Jen-Yao (TAIWAN) is three shots back at 21-under 195.스포츠토토
Jang Yubin is the lone South Korean player in third place at 20-under par 196 and will need to overcome a four-stroke deficit on the final day to claim the double. Im Sung-jae is tied for fourth at 19-under par 197 and Kim Si-woo is tied for eighth at 16-under par 200.
Im previously won the KPGA Tour’s Woori Financial Championship in May after trailing the leader by five strokes through three rounds.
Cho Woo-young dropped a stroke on the day and slipped to a tie for 12th at 13-under par 203, leaving him out of contention for an individual medal. The last time Korean men’s golf won a gold medal at the Asian Games was in Guangzhou in 2010, both individually (Kim Min-hwi) and as a team.
In 2014 in Incheon and 2018 in Jakarta-Palembang, the team won silver in both events, and silver in Incheon and bronze in Jakarta-Palembang.