“My son is my belly.”
Heo In-ho hoisted his son, Heo Yi-soo, along with his first trophy in two years and four months.
He shot a 9-under-par 62 in the final round of the Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour’s iMBank Open ($500 million in prize money) at Farmy Hills Country Club (Par 71) in Chilgok, North Gyeongsang Province, on Thursday for a final total of 20-under-par 264.
With the win, Heo earned his fifth career victory on the Korean Tour. It was his first tournament victory in nearly two years after he topped the leaderboard at the GS Caltex Mae Kyung Open in May 2021.
After starting the final round at 11-under par, Heo made nine birdies on the day to climb to the top of the leaderboard. He almost lost the lead to Lee Jung-hwan, who was 8-under through 11 holes with five straight birdies, but he kept his composure and capitalized on birdie opportunities to win by four strokes.
After the tournament, Heo said, “I had such a good start that I already felt like a winner after I birdied the first hole. “I didn’t make any mistakes on the scoreboard, but all my missed putts went into the hole cup. This made me realize that there is a strong element of ‘luck’ in winning,” he reflected on the tournament.
After his victory, Heo hugged his seven-month-old son (Heo) Soo-kun and said in a broadcast interview, “Soo-kun, this is the kind of person your dad is. You should grow up fast and play golf well,” he said. In an official interview, he also said, “My son is a big boy. I’ve always wanted to win before he got bigger. I didn’t want to hear that I didn’t perform well after my son was born.”메이저사이트
He also said, “When my son grows up, I plan to let him play golf. I hope that winning with my son will have a good influence on him,” He added.
He had a strong second half last year. “Personally, I was hoping to win the Hyundai Marine Choi Kyung-ju Invitational and the Genesis Championship in the second half of the year, but I feel like the water broke early,” said Heo. “I want to build on the good momentum from this tournament and add one more win, and my focus will be on the Choi Kyung-ju Invitational.”