Koreans increase their presence on 2011 PGA Tour

Sung-Hoon Kang hits his tee shot at No. 7 on the Panther Lake course during Thursday's round of the 2010 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament at Orange County National.

Sung-Hoon Kang hits his tee shot at No. 7 on the Panther Lake course during Thursday's round of the 2010 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament at Orange County National.

ORLANDO, Fla. (USA) – The Korean contingent on the 2011 PGA Tour will only be a handful of players, but it’s still a record number.

Next year, established stars Y.E. Yang , K.J. Choi and Charlie Wi will be joined on the world’s top circuit by compatriots Bi-o Kim and Sung-hoon Kang, OneAsia standouts this year.

Kim, currently 11th on the OneAsia Order of Merit with earnings of US$115,538, finished T-11 and Kang tied for 16th over six rounds at the final stage of PGA Tour Q-School.

Kim posted a 12-under 417 in the 108-hole marathon at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge with Kang one shot behind.

The 20-year-old Kim turned heads with his runner-up finish behind Yang at the Kolon Korea Open in October and was fifth in the season-opening Luxehills Chengdu Open.

Kim qualified for the Barclays Singapore Open last month by finishing fifth on the Korean Tour Order of Merit and again underlined his talent with an opening round 63. He went on to finish 31st and earned US$47,400.

Kim capped his amateur career by winning both the Japan and Korean Amateur Championships in 2008.

Kang’s best display on OneAsia this season came at the Thailand Open in August, finishing fourth. He’s 22nd on the Order of Merit. The 23-year-old also won the Eugene Open on the Korean Tour.

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