Hole-in-one for the win…Jang Dong-gyu ‘stands tall’ after 8-under-par final round

With a hole-in-one, Jang Dong-gyu has a chance to win the Hana Bank Invitational (KRW 1 billion).

Jang has one win each on the Korea Professional Golf Association (KPGA) Korean Tour and the Japan Golf Tour (JGTO). The tournament is co-hosted by the two organizations, so a win in the final round would make him the all-time winner on both tours.

Jang carded one hole-in-one, nine birdies and three bogeys for an 8-under 65 on the third day of the tournament at Chiba Izumi Golf Club (Par 73) in Chiba Prefecture, Japan on Sunday.

Jang, who was tied for 13th after shooting 7-under par over the previous two days, has a total score of 15-under par 204 heading into the final day and is tied for the lead with Keita Nakajima (JPN).

Born in 1988, Jang Dong-kyu is a veteran of the Korean Tour, having recorded his first victory at the 2015 KPGA Championship. In 2014, he won his first professional title at the JGTO Mizuno Open. His best finish this season was a tie for 24th at the DB Insurance PromiOpen in April.

A hole-in-one on the par-3 11th hole was the highlight. On the 214-yard hole, Jang hit a 5-iron that went into the cup. The prize for the hole-in-one was a set of Bang Golf clubs worth $10,000.

Jang explained his hole-in-one by saying, “I saw the right side of the pin with my 5-iron and hit it in the fade, and I could see it rolling into the hole.”

“I putted well from the start and rode the birdie flow well. I was happy with the way I played and made a hole-in-one. However, it was unfortunate that I couldn’t save around the green and made a bogey,” he reflected on his day.

Heading into the final round, Jang Dong-gyu said, “I’ve played on both the Korean Tour and the Japan Tour, so I’m used to it, and I think that’s why I’m performing well in this tournament,” adding, “It’s most important to hit straight off the tee. Winning is not something you can get greedy about. I’m going to think a lot of positive thoughts on the course like I did today. And I will play with as much courage as possible.”먹튀검증

Yang, who is looking for his second win on the Korean Tour, is tied for third place with Taiga Nagano (JPN) at 14-under-par 2015. The final round will be played in the championship group with the two leaders.

Baejong Park is tied for eighth place with an 11-under-par 208 total, while Min Kyu Kim is tied for ninth place with a 10-under-par 209 total.

The final round of the Hana Bank Invitational will be broadcast live from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on SBS Golf 2, the official broadcasting organization of the KPGA. The channel number is 992 on GENIE TV, 99 on LGU+, 969 on SKB, and 219 on SkyLife via satellite.

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