‘Point of no return’
The race for the top spot on the KPGA Korean Tour Genesis is heating up as the season comes to a close. The rankings are changing every week. It’s a very close race.
The Genesis #1 award is given to the Most Valuable Player (MVP) player who has had the most outstanding performance of the year. The Genesis No. 1 is sponsored by Hyundai Motor Group’s Genesis brand.
The spoils for the winner of the honor are different. First, they will receive a bonus prize of 100 million won and a Genesis car. Other perks include a five-year seed on the KPGA Korean Tour, a direct entry into the final round of the PGA Confederation Tour’s Coursework Program, and a 16th seed on the DP World Tour.
The current leader is Ham Jeong-woo (29-Hana Financial Group), who won the Hyundai Marine Choi Kyung-ju Invitational on Aug. 8. However, the points gap between him and the rest of the chasers is small, so the standings could change depending on the results of the four remaining events this season.
Ham is followed by Lee Jung-hwan (32-TEAM Sokchoi), Ko Gun-taek (24-Daebo Construction), Han Seung-soo (37-Hana Financial Group), and Kang Kyung-nam (40-Daesun Foundry).
The biggest watershed moment for Genesis is the Genesis Championship (1.5 billion won in total prize money), which will award the most points out of the four remaining competitions with 1300 points.
The tournament, which will be held at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea (Par 72-7471) in Songdo, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, from April 12-15, will be won by one of the “top 10” players in the Genesis points standings.토토사이트
For now, the favorite is the current No. 1, So Yul Dad Ham Jung-woo. He hasn’t missed a cut this season and has eight top-10 finishes, including one victory.
In an interview after his victory on August 8, he said, “I’ve moved to the top of the Genesis points, but the gap between me and the players chasing me is not that big. I think it’s most important to do well in the Genesis Championship to win the Genesis Grand Prize, which is my goal this season,” he said.
A total of 120 players will compete in the tournament, vying for the top prize of 300 million won.
The Genesis Championship, the highest-paying event on the KPGA Korean Tour, began in 2017. Genesis has been sponsoring the Genesis Points and Genesis Money List since 2016, a year earlier.
The Genesis Points program offers a total of KRW 300 million in bonus prizes to the top 10 Genesis Points earners each season, with the first place finisher receiving a cash prize and a Genesis vehicle. Genesis also contributes to the development of Korean professional golf through various other sponsorship marketing programs.