Kim Joo-hyung (21) introduced his childhood memories of first meeting his idol, Tiger Woods (USA), and promised success on the PGA tour.
Kim Joo-hyung, ranked 15th in the men’s golf world ranking, said at a press conference on the 4th, two days before the opening of the ‘King of Kings’ Sentry Tournament of Champions (total prize money of $ 15 million) held at the Kapalua Resort Plantation Course (par 73) in Maui, Hawaii, USA, “I lived in Australia. When I was 5 or 6 years old, I once followed Tiger Woods to the gallery after participating in a golf tournament.”
He said, “I was wearing a Tiger Woods Golf Brand (TW) hat and cheering, but Woods passed right in front of me, so I shouted ‘Tiger Fighting’ loudly. Woods lightly flipped my hat on and went into the bathroom, where many galleries were waiting for him to come out.”
To the question, ‘Did you follow him to the bathroom too?’ Kim Joo-hyung laughed and replied, “I wanted to respect him.”
Kim Joo-hyung had the opportunity to see Tiger Woods several times after that, but it was at the PGA Championship (June), a major PGA Tour tournament, in June of last year that he met Tiger Woods face-to-face. Kim Joo-hyung asked Woods to take a commemorative photo in the locker room, and he confessed that as a child, he had a dream while watching Woods’ Masters match. 안전놀이터
Kim Joo-hyeong, who will be participating in the Masters Tournament for the first time in April, said, “Thanks to that, I know some holes at Augusta National Golf Course.”
Kim Joo-hyung won the PGA Tour card by winning the Wyndham Championship (August), the last regular tournament last season, and won the Shriners Children’s Open (October), the first tournament in the 2022-2023 season, and has a faster pace than Woods. 2 wins on the PGA. Kim Joo-hyung, who was invited to the Hero World Challenge hosted by Woods in the Bahamas last month and had a conversation with his idol for the first time, said, “He was really cool. It was an amazing experience for him to face Woods, who has achieved so much.”
Kim Joo-hyung, who is following the path of an idol he has admired since childhood, said, “I want to play for a long time on the PGA Tour, which has the legacy of Woods and Jack Nicklaus, and compete with players who want to become the best in the world.”
In this tournament, where only the previous year’s winners and top 30 FedEx Cup players participate, Kim Joo-hyung, ranked 9th in the power rankings with a high probability of winning, will hit the first tee shot of the new year with world number 14 Jordan Spieth (USA) in the first round on the 6th. If Kim Joo-hyung wins, Woods will repeat the record of winning the tournament held under the title of Mercedes Championship in January 1997 after winning two wins in October 1996, the first year of his debut.