Lee Kyung-hoon tied for second place on the first day of the PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship (total prize money of 20 million dollars).
In the first round of the tournament held at Quail Hollow Club (par 71) in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA on the 5th (Korean time), Lee Kyung-hoon caught 6 birdies and blocked 1 bogey. With a 5-under-par 66 strokes, he was tied for second place with Kevin Strillman, Taylor Moore, Zander Shopley, and Ryan Farmer (above USA), one stroke behind Tommy Fleetwood (England), who ranked first.
Lee Kyung-hoon wrote down a bogey in hole 2 (par 4) that day, but reduced the number of strokes by catching three birdies in the first and second half. He drove in three birdies on holes 5 through 7, and made birdie putts on holes 10, 13, and 17.
Kim Joo-hyung caught only 4 birdies and tied for 7th place with Patrick Cantley and others with a 4 under par 67 strokes. Kim Si-woo hit 5 birdies and 2 bogeys and tied for 16th with 3 under par 68 strokes, and Lim Seong-jae tied for 25th with 2 under par 69 strokes.
Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), who was seeking revenge for missing the Masters Cut, finished the first round with a tie for 16th place (3 under par, 68 strokes) by hitting 크크크벳 4 birdies and 1 bogey. McIlroy has won the Wells Fargo Championship three times in the past. He also has course records of 18 holes (61 pars) and 72 holes (267 pars).
Defending champion Max Homa (USA) faltered with a tie for 36th (1 under par 70 strokes). This tournament is a special event on the PGA Tour, and the total prize money has more than doubled from last year’s $9 million. The PGA Tour designated 17 tournaments in the 2022-23 season as special tournaments and raised the total prize money to $20 million in most to prevent top rankers from leaving the LIV series sponsored by Saudi Arabian capital.