Keita Nakajima (Japan), a star of the Japan Professional Golf (JGTO) tour, faced the risk of missing the first cut of the season at the Shinhan Donghae Open (total prize money of 1.4 billion won) held in Korea.
Nakajima made four birdies in the first round on the first day of the Shinhan Donghae Open, which was held jointly by the Korea Professional Golf Association (KPGA) the Japan Professional Golf Association (JGTO) and the Asian Tour at Incheon Club 72 Ocean Course (par 72) on the 7th, but made double bogey. He hit 1 under par 71 with one bogey and one bogey. David Puig (Spain), who hit 8 under par 64, took the sole lead, while Nakajima tied for 71st place.
Nakajima is a star representing Japanese men’s golf and is one of the hottest players. He is currently competing with Takumi Kaneya for the top spot in the money rankings on the Japan Tour.
https://displayad.zum.com/NetInsight/html/zum/news/newspage@newszum_pc_250He has been called ‘the future of Japanese men’s golf’ since his junior days. He said he chose to become a golfer after watching Tiger Woods play on TV, and distinguished himself by reaching the finals of the Japanese Amateur Championship in 2015 when he was in his third year of middle school. He lost to Takumi Kaneya at the time, but just reaching the finals at the age of 15 caused a stir in the Japanese golf world.
In 2018, he won gold medals in both the individual and team events at the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, and in 2021, he won the Japanese Amateur Championship and became the fifth amateur winner in the history of Japanese men’s professional golf (since 1973) at the professional tournament Panasonic Open. . In 2022, he went to the Masters by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur, and after winning the McCormack Medal, given to the world’s No. 1 amateur that year, for two consecutive years, he turned professional in September. 바카라사이트
Nakajima, who began full tour activities this year, is quickly reaching the top of JGTO. He has his second win of the season and is in contention for the prize money crown.
Nakajima, who was doing well, suffered a painful defeat in June.
He competed for the championship until the very end at the Hana Bank Invitational, held jointly by the Korea and Japan Tours at Izumi Golf Club in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, but ended up finishing runner-up after allowing Yang Ji-ho to come from behind by one stroke.
Nakajima, who was tied for the lead with Jang Dong-gyu until the 3rd round, lost 4 strokes in the 4th round, but suffered a painful defeat by 1 stroke due to Yang Ji-ho’s 6-under-par 67, giving up the championship to the Korean player at home.
For Nakajima, who lost the championship to Yang Ji-ho three months ago, the Shinhan Donghae Open held in Korea also had the character of a battle of revenge. Although she may be hoping to win this competition more than anyone else, her first day’s start did not meet expectations.
He played with Song Young-han and Kim Bio on the 1st hole, made a par until the 6th hole, and caught his first birdie of the day on the 7th hole (par 5). However, the first half ended after a bogey at the 8th hole (par 3).
Even in the second half, the accuracy of shots declined. He made a birdie at the 11th hole (par 4), but lost 2 strokes due to a double bogey at the 13th hole (par 5). After that, he made two birdies, but finished the first round tied for 71st place and was outside the cutoff.
Keita, who turned professional last September, was the only one to miss the cut at the Dunlop Phoenix Open in November. He competed in 14 events this year, missed the cut in all of them, and finished in the top 10 nine times, including two wins. His tie for 35th place at the KBC Augusta tournament two weeks ago was his lowest finish of the season.
While participating in the Shinhan Donghae Open, Nakajima said, “It means a lot to me to participate as it is an event co-hosted by three tours,” and added, “I have recently achieved good results in Japan, so I want to continue this momentum in Korea.” revealed.
In the first day’s match, in which top players from three tours participated, players from Korea, Japan, and the Asian Tour were evenly ranked at the top.
Puig, who plays in the Asian Tour and LIV Golf, is the sole leader, Anthony Quayle (Australia) and Pacharat Kongwatmai (Thailand) are tied for second place (7 under par, 65 strokes), followed by Tae-hoon Ok, Ryutaro Nagano, Ryuko Tokimatsu, and Kawamodo. Ricky (Japan) and Kieran Vincent (South Africa) were tied for 4th place (6 under par, 66 strokes).
Kim Min-gyu and Jo Woo-young, both 22-year-olds, shot 5-under-par 67 and entered the championship race in a tie for 8th place.
‘Korean Express’ Chan-ho Park, who appeared in the professional tournament on the recommendation of the organizer, shot 15 over par 87 in the first round and ranked 138th, the lowest. Park Chan-ho, who boasts high-level golf skills as an amateur and has participated in professional competitions as a recommended player since 2017, has yet to successfully pass the cut.