The veteran’s dignity was still there. He cut 4 strokes in the next day’s game after rounding 25 holes. He also put the top 10 in sight.
Choi Kyung-ju (53) made 4 birdies without bogey in the 3rd round of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour SK Telecom Open 2023 (total prize money 1.3 billion won, championship prize money 260 million won) held at Pinx Golf Club (par 71) in Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do on the 20th. and tied for 15th place with an interim total of 5 under par 208. There is a difference of 6 strokes from co-leaders Baek Seok-hyun (33) and Choi Ho-seong (50, 11 under par, 202 strokes).
Choi Kyung-joo, who holds the SK Telecom Open record for most wins (three times) and most cuts (20 times), said after the match, “It was a well-rounded day overall,” but “I didn’t putt well at a distance of about 4 to 5 meters. He made some par saves, but he was able to reduce about 3 strokes more.” Due to inclement weather in the first round, he played 25 holes, including the remaining holes in the first round, the previous day (19th). He always seems to get good scores the day after he eats pork belly,” he laughed cheerfully.
Regarding the strategy for the final round on the 21st, he said, “The game is not over yet, but I have risen to the middle rank.” As we showed more than expected play in the 3rd round, we will continue the good flow in the final round.”
Meanwhile, ‘defending champion’ Kim Bio reduced 5 strokes on this day alone and tied for 15th place with Choi Kyung-ju.