Kim continues renaissance at CJ Invitational

Thu 10 Oct 2013

Kim continues renaissance at CJ Invitational

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Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, October 10: Kim Tae-hoon of Korea continued his renaissance after shooting a flawless six-under-par 66 to set the early opening round target at the CJ Invitational Hosted by KJ Choi on Thursday.
The lanky Korean held a one-shot lead over Jyoti Randhawa of India, the 2002 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, Kim Jae-ho of Korea, Tour rookie Matthew Stieger and Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul at the Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club.
Kim struggled to hit consistent drives in the last eight years and in his efforts to remedy the problem, he had broken at least 30 drivers while practising!
However, it was only when he lost his Tour card on the Korean Golf Tour last season that he decided to take a different approach in the game which resulted in him regaining playing rights in Korea through Qualifying School and going on to win his first title in August.
“I had the yips with my driver in the last eight years. I was nervous every time I pull out the driver because I would hit a bad shot. I practised so hard to try to improve on my driving and because I tried too hard, I broke at least 30 drivers in eight years,” said the 28-year-old Kim.
“The yips I had with my driver disappeared when I lost my Tour card on the Korean Golf Tour. I started to be more comfortable with my game and took things easy,” he smiled.
Jyoti Randhawa of India Jyoti Randhawa of India
“I’m quite a long hitter so I can take advantage of the all the par fives. This course is pretty long so it will be more suited for long hitters such as myself. If I keep playing like how I did today, then I have a good chance and doing something big like winning this tournament,” added Kim.
Randhawa took a nap during a two-hour and 30-minute delay in the morning due to thick fog and started the round fresh as he returned with a bogey-free round highlighted by five birdies.
“I went to sleep during the weather delay! My caddy was looking for me and I was in the medical room but nobody could find me. It was a good rest because I was ready to go after that and came back with a good score,” said the eight-time Asian Tour winner.
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