Choi and Kim Share Lead

Sun 07 Oct 2012

Choi and Kim Share Lead

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Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, October 7: Tournament host K.J Choi of Korea returned in the morning to complete his third round with a three-under-par 68 to share the lead with compatriot Kim Dae-hyun at the CJ Invitational Hosted by KJ Choi on Sunday.
Thailand’s Chinnarat Phadungsil could not sustain his charge as he traded three bogeys against one birdie to slip to a share of third place with Korea’s Lee Dong-hwan and Bae Sang-moon at the Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club.
Australia’s Scott Hend, a two-time Asian Tour winner signed for a 66 to take a share of sixth place with Korea’s Charlie Wi and Jang Dong-kyu at the US$750,000 event which is jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Korean Golf Tour.
A total of 62 players returned on Sunday morning to complete their third round as heavy fog in the morning caused almost four hours of play to be lost on Saturday.
Choi, who reached the turn in 33 before play was suspended, returned to par his next six holes before he got his first birdie of the day on the 16th hole.
The Korean, who joins the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods as players with their own tournaments, however dropped a shot on the closing 18th to sign for a three-day total of 11-under-par 202.
Kim continued his patient charge when he mixed three birdies against two bogeys in his remaining seven holes to take a share of the lead with Choi.
Chinnarat meanwhile was let down by three bogeys including back-to-back bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes as he slipped one back behind Choi and Kim.
CJ Group, Korea’s food-to-entertainment conglomerate, has a three-year agreement to title sponsor the tournament which will be beamed live on the Asian Tour’s global television platform which reaches over 200 countries and 650 million homes. It will also be broadcast on KBS and J-Golf channel.
Scores after round 3 of the CJ Invitational Hosted by K.J. CHOI being played at the par 71, 7152 Yards Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club course (a- denotes amateur):
202 - KIM Dae-hyun (KOR) 71-65-66, K.J. CHOI (KOR) 69-65-68.
203 - LEE Dong-hwan (KOR) 66-72-65, BAE Sang-moon (KOR) 69-68-66, Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 68-64-71.
204 - JANG Dong-kyu (KOR) 68-71-65, Scott HEND (AUS) 69-69-66, Charlie WI (KOR) 67-70-67.
205 - KIM Meen-whee (KOR) 69-67-69, Ryan YIP (CAN) 64-71-70.
207 - Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 68-69-70, LEE Sung (KOR) 67-68-72.
Selected scores
210 -  Ben CURTIS (USA) 69-65-76.
211 - Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 65-72-74
Ends.
About the KJ Choi Foundation
K.J. Choi, one of the most successful golfers to come from Korea, did not want to stop with his own personal success, but felt a strong social responsibility to give back to society and realized he needed a reliable means of doing so. Joining together with other community leaders in Korea who share the common idea, he established the K.J. Choi Foundation in 2007 for this purpose. K.J. Choi Foundation conducts major charitable projects for those who are faced in hopeless situations in Korean domestic and International communities. The Foundation especially focuses in the support of underprivileged children by lovingly providing welfare services and professional help, thus providing young people with hopes and dreams. K.J. Choi also works closely with many community leaders to help support junior golfers in difficult financial and environmental situations fulfil their dreams through his junior golf program, K.J. Choi Dream Team. K.J. Choi Foundation’s vision is to be a community leader that provides hope and happiness for all, and its purpose is to be a Foundation for everyone.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia.  This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Cityneon (Official Event Overlay Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.