Korean Rookie Claims 1st Win as a Pro at European Tour Event

  • By Min Hak-soo

    May 26, 2015 11:24

    An Byeong-hun gave new hope to Korean men's golf Sunday when he claimed a major European Tour title with his win at the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth, England.

    An is the only son of 1988 Seoul Olympics table-tennis medalists An Jae-hyung and Jiao Zhimin.

    An posted a tournament record 21 under par to win the event, his first victory since turning professional in 2011. He knocked in an eagle and five birdies in the fourth and final round to card a 21-under 267.

    An Byeong-hun reacts after securing victory at the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth, England on Sunday. /AP-Newsis

    Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain shared second place with 15 under.

    The first Asian golfer to win this title, An earned 833,330 euros in prize money and berths at this year's U.S. Open and British Open. His world ranking shot up from 132nd to 54th, making him the highest-ranked Korean male golfer, and qualifying him to compete in the President's Cup.

    An, who in 2009 became the youngest ever winner of the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship at the age of 17, described Sunday's victory as a meaningful and potentially life-changing win.

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