CJ Golf (Kim Min-kyu, Bae Yong-jun, Lee Jae-kyung, Chung Chan-min, Choi Seung-bin, and Kim Min-hwi) topped the KPGA Tour’s KB Financial Live Championship team standings.
With all six players making the cut, including Bae Yong-jun in a tie for fourth and Kim Min-kyu in a tie for sixth, CJ Golf Team earned 126.33 tournament team standings points to finish 25.5 points clear of second-place Woori Financial Group (100.83 points) and earn its second team standings victory of the season. CJ climbed to the top of the tournament standings after a strong performance at the KPGA Tour’s Woori Financial Championship, which concluded on May 14, with Lim Sung-jae winning the tournament.
Woori Financial Group, which was at the top of the club rankings in the last tournament (SK Telecom Open), failed to achieve three wins for the season with two consecutive victories. Woori Financial Group’s golf team (Lee Soo-min, Hwang Joong-gon, Lee Jun-seok, Cho Min-gyu, Yoon Sung-ho, and Park Jun-hong) did their part with Lee Soo-min and Hwang Joong-gon tying for 10th place, but they struggled to close the gap with CJ Golf.
With CJ’s second win of the season, the race for the club ranking title is set to heat up. In the men’s division of the Korean Professional Golf Club Ranking, Woori Financial Group and CJ are tied with two wins apiece after the KB Financial Live Championship, while DB Insurance and NH Bank have one win each.
In third place was the DB Insurance Golf Team (Lee Tae-hoon, Seo Yoseop, Moon Do-yeop, Jang Hee-min). With all four players making the cut, including Lee Tae-hoon in a tie for 10th place, DB Insurance earned 100.50 team ranking points.
Fourth place went to the NH Bank Golf Team (Moon Moon-jun, Kim Dong-min, Choi Ho-young), which included tournament champion Kim Dong-min. With Kim Dong-min winning his first title in four years, NH Bank earned 87.33 team ranking points 안전놀이터.
Fifth place went to the new team Sokchoi Golf (Kim Jun-sung, Lee Jung-hwan, and Kim Hak-hyung), which was founded this season. Led by Lee Jung-hwan’s second-place finish, team Sokchoi accumulated 85.67 team ranking points, the best result of the season, and was named to the “Top 5” of the team’s first tournament. Previously, the team’s best result of the season was a sixth place finish at the 42nd GS Caltex Mae Kyung Open, which concluded on May 7.
Independent Lee Seung-taek tied for second and Jeon Ga-ram tied for eighth… ‘Free agent surge’
The performance of independent players who do not have main sponsor contracts also stood out. FA player Lee Seung-taek, who competed as an independent, finished tied for second place with a final score of 6-under par 282, while Jeon Gar-ram finished tied for eighth with a final score of 3-under par.
As the performance of the independent players attracted attention, attention will also be focused on the options for golf organizations whose members’ performance has not met expectations, such as Welcome Savings Bank and KPMG. Wellcome Savings Bank has missed the cut in three consecutive tournaments from the Woori Financial Championship to this event, while KPMG has struggled to make the weekend cut.
In the 144-player tournament, a total of 50 organizations sent players, with 19 sending two or more players. Of the players, 48 were unsigned.