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KPGA Tour veteran Park is Asian Tour rookie of the year

Dec 18,2018
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Park Sang-hyun
Park Sang-hyun finished the 2018 season by winning the Asian Tour rookie of the year on Sunday.

At the season ending BNI Indonesian Masters at Royal Jakarta Golf Club on Sunday, Park finished the tournament tied for 41st, shooting even par over the four days. Poom Saksansin of Thailand won the tournament at 20 under par. By earning $4,313, Park was good enough to finish second on the Asian Tour’s money ranking and top of the Rookie of the Year standing.

Although Park is considered a veteran on the KPGA Tour - as this was his first season as an official member on the Asian Tour, at age 35 - he was named the Rookie of the Year.

By finishing second in the money ranking, Park earned a full-time status card on the European Tour starting next season. The European Tour card is granted to the money leader at the end of each season, but as this year’s winner - Shubhankar Sharma of India - already has his Tour card, Park was this year’s winner.

This is the most successful season of Park’s career. Throughout the 2018 season, Park played in both the Korean and Asian Tour. Park’s victories at the 37th GS Caltex Maekyung Open and 34th Shinhan Donghae Open helped his money ranking on both tours significantly, as it was co-hosted by both the Korean and Asian Tours.

By Kang Yoo-rim