Kim Gyeong-tae (37), who has won a total of 20 wins in Korea and Japan, obtains a permanent seed and returns to the Korean Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour in the 2023 season.
Starting this year, the KPGA changed the qualifications for permanent seed holders from ‘a person with a career record of 25 wins or more’ to ‘a person with a career record of 20 or more wins and winners of four major tournaments’.
Kim Gyeong-tae, who recorded 6 wins in Korea and 14 wins in the Japan Professional Golf Tour (JGTO), became the sixth permanent seed after Choi Sang-ho (68), Choi Gyeong-ju (53), Han Jang-sang (83), Park Nam-shin (64), and Yang Yong-eun (51).
Kim Kyung-tae, who has been training in Thailand since the 25th of last month, said, “It’s an honor. I received a lot of congratulations from my family, acquaintances, senior and junior players. I have the same sense of purpose and a new sense of purpose.”
“This is the 17th year of the tour. At the beginning of the tour, senior players such as Park Nam-shin, Kang Uk-soon, and Shin Yong-jin, who are now active in the senior tour, were holding on tightly to the tour,” he said. I am happy that I have done a great job that will remain in my name for the rest of my life. I would also like to thank the KPGA executives and employees.” 안전놀이터
Kim Kyung-tae has been splendid since his amateur days.
In 2006, after reaching the top in the ‘Pocarienergen Open’ and ‘Samsung Benest Open’ in which he competed as an amateur, he won gold medals in both individual and team events at the Asian Games in Doha in December of that year.
After turning pro in 2007, he won the first tournament of the season, the ‘Tomato Savings Bank Open’, and wrote the history of winning the debut game for the first time in KPGA history.
After his first win, Kim Kyung-tae, who lifted the championship cup in the next tournament, ‘GS Caltex Maekyung Open’, swept 3 wins in the first year of his debut until the ‘Samneung Apple City Open’. At the year-end awards ceremony, he won four awards, including the Daesang, Prize Money, Deokchun Award, and Myeongchul Award (Rookie Award).
Since 2008, he has been active in Japan tour and Asian tour. In 2010, he won three Japanese tours and became the first Korean to become the Japan Tour ‘prize money king’.
In 2015, he won the Japan Tour ‘Daesang’ and ‘Prize Money King’ with five wins on the Japanese Tour. The following year, 2016, he added 3 Japanese tour wins. Kim’s most recent win was the 2019 Japan Tour ‘Casio World Open’.
Kim Kyung-tae, who has not won a championship in three years, said, “I suffered a lot in the last two years because of a bad back. I am currently recovering well. I will definitely have a healthy season this year.” “There has been no domestic championship since 2011. The goal is to add ‘, and if possible, I hope it will be the ‘Shinhan Donghae Open’, the main sponsor event.”