Back 9 with Baek Seuk-hyun

Thu 18 Apr 2013

Back 9 with Baek Seuk-hyun

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April 18: In this latest instalment of our Back 9 series, Korea’s rising star Baek Seuk-hyun tells us about his special relationship with his coach and how he would have ended up as a translator if he was not a professional golfer.
1)      What is the one tournament that you want to win in Asia and around the world?
I hope to win the Ballantine’s Championship in Korea because it’s a very good tournament and I believe I can show the Koreans who I am if I won. Another tournament that I would like to win is the Masters Tournament! It’s the biggest golf tournament with the best players from all over the world. It would be a good experience for me if I ever get to play in the Masters.
2)      If there was one rule of golf which you can change, what would it be?
I think I would change the spotlight rule. In the past, we can do a re-shot if we hit the spot lights but they changed the rule last year. I’ve been hitting the spot lights quite a lot so I would like to change it again.
3)      How do you describe yourself as a golfer?
I am an aggressive yet patient golfer.
4)      Which golf course do you really want to play on?
I would like to play on a links course like St. Andrews. I’m quite a long hitter and I like to play on tough courses because anyone can win!

5)      What would you do if there’s no internet or television in your hotel room during the tournament week?

I will spend time with my friends on tour, maybe over coffee. I like hanging out with my friends during tournament weeks.
6)      What is your best advice received as a professional golfer?
I received the best advice from my coach. He told me to enjoy my game and not get angry about it. Enjoying the game is most important.
7)      When you win a golf tournament, who do you want to see when you sink that winning putt?
I would be really happy if I can see my coach when I sink that winning putt. I’ve been with my coach for 13 years and he’s like a second father to me.
8)      What is the oldest club in your golf bag?
My two iron which is about four years old. It’s one of my favourite clubs that I would not want to change. It’s my money-making machine!
9)      If you are not a professional golfer, what would you be?
I would probably be a translator since I can speak English, Thai and Korean. I stay in Thailand too. I used to do a lot of translations back in high school.
About BAEK Seuk-hyun
Country:                       Korea
Date of Birth:              Oct 8, 1990
Residence:                   Bangkok
Family:                         Single
Turned pro:                 2008
PRO WINS: (2) 2010 Singha Arthitaya Championship, Thailand, 2010 Singha Challenge Park Golf Championship, Thailand.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Baek earned his Asian Tour card in 2010 by finishing in the top-40 of Qualifying School. He endured a slow start to the season before bursting into life with a tied 10th placing at the King’s Cup in Thailand. He surprised even himself when he took the second and third round lead at the Hero Honda Indian Open and was on the brink of victory but faded with a final round 73 to finish in second place, two strokes from the champion Rikard Karlberg of Sweden. The performance was good enough to help him earn his full playing rights for the 2011 season. In 2011, his best result was a tied-16th finish at the Macau Open. The Korean went on to enjoy four top-10 finishes in 2012. He has been based in Thailand since 2004.