‘Golf Emperor’ Woods highly praised by Kim Joo-hyung… “Excellent and deserves higher praise”￼
“I thought it was great to see him (Kim Joo-hyung) win the championship so quickly among the outstanding players.”
‘Golf Emperor’ Tiger Woods (48, USA) highly praised Kim Joo-hyung (21), the god of Korean men’s golf.
Woods, who is making a comeback after 7 months with the PGA Tour Genesis Invitational (total prize money of 20 million dollars), said on the PGA Tour on the 16th (Korean time), “We all watched him and could see that he had a really good personality.” He mentioned the late Kim Joo-hyung. At the same time, he said, “I think the skill part is better and should be evaluated higher.”
Kim Joo-hyung appeared like a comet on the PGA Tour last year, winning the Wyndham Championship in August and the Shriners Children’s Open in October. Kim Joo-hyung, who achieved two wins on the PGA Tour at the age of 20 years and 3 months, also surpassed Woods’ record at 20 years and 9 months. In addition, Kim Joo-hyung is also the first winner born in the 2000s in PGA Tour history.
Kim Joo-hyung is a big fan of Woods and considers Woods as a role model. At the Genesis Invitational official press conference earlier, “I haven’t had many opportunities to play with Woods since I joined the tour. That’s why it’s special and good to participate together like this.” 메이저놀이터
Kim Joo-hyeong, who recalled that it was Woods after seeing a lot of people at the practice range the day before, said, “When Tiger plays, the atmosphere itself seems to change. Even among the players, the atmosphere changes. I am also a player, but I like to watch Tiger play. We are happy that Tiger is back.”
Kim Joo-hyung, who is participating in the Genesis Invitational for the first time, said, “I came to this tournament as a fan in 2020, and I am amazed and happy to play.” When he saw Tiger, he was the most curious,” he recalled.
Regarding the Riviera Country Club course, “I played 18 holes last week and played 9 holes yesterday. The course is absolutely fantastic. The condition of the course is really good and the golf course itself is very meaningful and special. I think it’s one of the best courses I’ve played so far,” he said with a thumbs up.
He won two PGA Tour wins at an earlier age than Woods, and has been compared to Woods, his role model, several times. Last month, he and Woods even became part of the global sports brand Nike Golf. However, Kim Joo-hyung said, “Even though I only made one record, Tiger has really great records. So it’s difficult to compare him with Tiger, but it’s meaningful to be able to share his name with him. I hope that more records and good tags will follow my name in the future.”
Meanwhile, Kim Joo-hyung will start the first round of the tournament with Max Homa (USA) and Xander Chopley (USA) at 0:46 on the 17th Korean time. Woods will tee off with Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) and Justin Thomas (USA) at 5:04 am.