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Golfer An Byeong Hun took the lead in the first round of the CJ Cup 2019

Golfer An Byeong Hun took the lead in the first round of the CJ Cup 2019

An Byeong Hun hit 64 sticks to make the top of the table at -8 after the first round of the PGA Tour CJ Cup event in Jeju Island.

On the par72, called "The Club at Nine Bridges", with an average tee-off distance of 318 yards from the start of the season, An has hit the fairway in 12 of the 14 holes, onto the standard green in 15 of 18 holes.

By these specifications, the 28-year-old golfer scored a no-bogey transcript, including 8 birdies divided equally in each halfway. Up professional since 2011 and currently ranked 48 in the world, An has never been crowned at the PGA Tour, but earned $ 7,356 million thanks to 71 times of elimination, including 26 times in the top 25 through 100 tournaments.

At a distance of less than a stroke, Joaquin Niemann took second place. The Golfer won the first championship trophy with the $ 1.35 million prize money of the PGA Tour 2019-2020, at The Greenbrier in mid-September.

Jason Day took third place at -6. This is a good start for the 2015 major PGA Championship champion trying to impress captain Ernie Els to find a place in the international team competing for the Presidents Cup in Australia next December. Day held the number 1 spot in the world for a total of 51 weeks. The T4-score group -5 has a "Korean kimchi" golfer Hwang Jung-gon, alongside Charles Howell III, Charley Hoffman, and Cameron Smith.

Rated as a strong candidate before the tournament, Justin Thomas - won the first season cup, 2017 - belongs to the T9 group with a score of -4. Sharing the same position are four other golfers, including Im Sungjae - the local golfer nicknamed "Iron Man" because he won the most PGA Tour awards last season. Current world champion and world champion Brooks Koepka scored 4 birdies, 3 bogeys and eagles in hole 18 in the score of 68 sticks, falling into the T15 group at score -3.

Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth, who are in form, have accumulated two strokes against the par. Both are in the T29 group with 7 others. During the repatriation tournament but smoldering past pain, Kevin Na hit 72 sticks and reached T48.

Without qualifying, the CJ Cup limits the roster to 78 players, including 16 Korean golfers.

Holding the title of runner-up, Gary Woodland said: "The long-shot specialist will have a great advantage on the Nine Bridges. The proof is that Thomas and Koepka won the cup with that forte. However, once delivered In the distance, you have to put the ball in the fairway so that you can get on the green smoothly, even though some holes have a wide green surface, but it is very difficult to position a flag".