Asian Games winner Cho says goal is to complement short games overseas
After winning a gold medal in the men’s golf team event at the Asian Games in Hangzhou earlier this month, South Korean golfer Cho Woo-young immediately signaled his intentions to compete for the title in his second event as a professional.Cho shot a 5-under 67 with seven birdies and two bogeys on the first day of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour Genesis Championship ($1.5 billion in prize money) at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea (par-72, 7,471 yards) in Incheon on Wednesday.As of 12:10 p.m., Cho is tied for second place, one shot behind leader Hwang Joong-gon.Cho, who turned pro shortly afterward, tied for 18th at the Hyundai Marine Choi Kyung Joo Invitational last week and will be looking to improve on that performance.
“I didn’t expect it to be easy today, but I stuck to the course and played well, which led to a good result,” Cho said in his post-match interview.”There’s not much that has changed just because I’m a professional,” he said, adding, “I’m always nervous when I play in tournaments, the same as when I played for the national team for three years, and I have the desire to play well.”As an amateur, he won the KPGA Korean Tour Golf Zone Open in April of this year. “My ultimate goal is to make it to the PGA Tour,” he said. “I’m playing on the KPGA Tour now, but I want to lay the foundation for the PGA Tour, and I want to make it to the PGA Tour as soon as possible.”
“It would be nice to win the Rookie of the Year award, but I don’t feel like I have to win it to be the Rookie of the Year,” he said, despite being told that winning the remaining KPGA Korean Tour events this season would increase his chances of being named Rookie of the Year.”My goal is to go to the United States within a year at the earliest,” he said, explaining that he plans to challenge the Asian Tour Qualifying School this year and knock on the door of the PGA’s secondary tour next year.When asked what he needs to work on to make it to the U.S., he replied, “I think my short game is always lacking, such as shots inside 30 meters, chip shots, and bunker shots.”When asked about his distance, he said, “I think I can cover it with a little bit of effort,” expressing his 온라인카지노 confidence that he will not be outclassed on the American stage.