Byeong Hun An
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Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
5
5
4
3
4
3
2
4
5
35
6
4
3
4
6
3
3
4
4
37
72
2
4
4
4
3
4
4
3
5
5
36
5
4
3
3
5
4
2
4
4
34
70
3
4
4
4
3
4
4
3
4
4
34
4
4
3
7
5
4
3
4
3
37
71
4
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
4
35
4
4
3
4
4
4
3
4
3
33
68
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
5
5
4
3
4
3
2
4
5
35
2
4
4
4
3
4
4
3
5
5
36
3
4
4
4
3
4
4
3
4
4
34
4
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
4
35
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
6
4
3
4
6
3
3
4
4
37
72
2
5
4
3
3
5
4
2
4
4
34
70
3
4
4
3
7
5
4
3
4
3
37
71
4
4
4
3
4
4
4
3
4
3
33
68
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
0
0
0
0
0
12
Birdies
3
3
4
4
14
16
Pars
12
14
13
14
53
2
Bogeys
3
1
0
0
4
28
Double Bogeys/+
0
0
1
0
1
12
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
26
24
31
30
28
22
Putts per GIR
1.7
1.78
1.85
1.93
1.81
11
Greens in regulation
55.56 %
50 %
72.22 %
77.78 %
63.89 %
17
Sand Saves
2/2
3/3
2/2
1/1
8/8

Born: 17 September 1991.

Turned pro: 2011.

Country: South Korea.

Special interests: Football.

Career highlights: In 2009, An became the youngest winner of the US Amateur Championship at the age of 17. He also became the first Korean to win on the Challenge Tour when he claimed the 2014 Rolex Trophy.

2015 highlights: Won the BMW PGA Championship by a commanding six strokes to become the first Asian winner of the European Tour's flagship event.

2015 Majors: The Masters - DNP. The US Open - MC. The Open - MC. The PGA Championship - MC.

NGC record: Debut.

Story

You could say that South Korea's latest golf prodigy comes from a South Korean family who have never really taken their eye off the ball.

Byeong Hun An's parents, mother Jiao Zhimin and father Ahn Jae-hyung, represented China and South Korea respectively in table tennis at the Olympic Games.

An says he opted for golf because he felt he was too slow and not athletic enough for table tennis.

Spotting their son's golf talent, An was sent to the David Leadbetter Academy in Florida. He flourished and made his breakthrough when he won the 2009 US Amateur Championship with a crushing 7&5 victory over Ben Martin in the 36-hole final, making him at 17 the youngest winner in the history of the championship.

In 2011, An turned professional and took the advice of his friend Peter Uihlein's father, Wally, to start his career on the European Tour. He worked his way through the Challenge Tour, and in 2014 he became the first Korean winner on the Tour with his victory in the Rolex Trophy.

That win lifted An to third on the final rankings that year, and earned him a place on the European Tour for 2015.

But An chose one of the biggest stages of all to really make his presence felt. At the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, An shot rounds of 67 and 65 on the weekend to win by six strokes and with a tournament record of 21 under par.

An was obviously delighted to have joined an illustrious list of winners of this event.

"I looked at their names and a lot of good names up there, famous names. It's great to be on that trophy with my name on it," he told the media.

But as talented as he is, An brings a healthy dose of realism to his career. When asked why he thought it had taken him so long to claim a big victory such as this, his answer was brutally honest.

"I wasn't good enough. That's probably the main thing to it. I played the Challenge Tour the last three years and it definitely got me prepared for this big event on the main tour. I was trying to be patient. I wasn't in a rush or anything. I was still young. Seems like everything is working the way I wanted."

An's BMW PGA Championship victory opened up several doors in world golf for him, including a place in the Open Championship for the next three years. And, of course, it's earned him a debut appearance in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

The Sun City tournament has a proud history of Asian golfers competing at the Gary Player Country Club, but it has yet to produce its first Asian winner.

He also has another goal, namely gold for Korea at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

His father was a bronze medallist at the Olympics, and his mother won bronze and silver. And An wants to go one better than his parents, who he says are still his greatest role models.

"Hopefully, I'll get one of the medals. It would be nice if it's a gold. It's one better than them," he said.