Golf: An Byeong top Asian, Bhatia lies 21st at Valspar Championship

Innisbrook (USA), South Korea’s Byeong Hun An shot a 3-under 68 after the first round at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort on March 17 in the Valspar Championship , without a bogey and two strokes behind the tie-leader.

An Byeong was 2 points behind leaders Ryan Brehm, Adam Schenk and Stephan Jaeger, who had 66 yards. Jordan Spieth tied for fourth with a 67 in the two-event top tie, while Justin Thomas opened Thursday with a 69.

Akshay Bhatia, who recently accepted a provisional membership on the PGA Tour, opened with two birdies but closed with three bogeys. In the period, he made three other birdies and two bogeys for a 1-under 71 and tied for 21st.

Bhatia has one win on the Korn Ferry Tour and was runner-up at the Puerto Rico Open earlier this month. This achievement helped him obtain provisional membership of the PGA Tour.

The 31-year-old South Korean Byung, who tied for 35th at The Players Championship last week, is looking for his first PGA Tour victory. An Bing birdied the fifth, tenth and seventeenth holes.

Bream, who has been knocked out 14 times in 17 starts this season, hit his first career hole-in-one with a 7-iron on the par-3 17th hole to break out of the leading trio.

Ann’s compatriot SH Kim had a 71 and tied for 32nd, leveling with China’s Dou Zecheng, who had a roller-coaster round before finishing strong with two birdies. China’s Carl Yuan shot a 72 T58, while another Korean player, KH Lee, shot a 74.

An, once ranked among the top 50 in the world, hopes to follow in the footsteps of Korean legend KJ Choi, who won tournaments in 2002 and 2006.

Bream is chasing a second PGA Tour title after breaking through last year at the Puerto Rico Championship.

In addition to his magical ace on the 17th hole, he also made four birdies on the 1st, 5th, 11th and 14th holes, offsetting a bogey on the sixth hole.


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