The KPGA KEB Hana Bank Invitational is an international tournament that is participated in by athletes from China, Japan, and Korea. The event originally began as the “China-Korea Tour: Korea Exchange Bank Invitational,” but a Japan tour was added in 2018, turning the invitational into a tri-national event. The tournament is recognized as the cornerstone for the advancement of East Asian golf.

The 2019 invitational featured Sanghyun Park, the tournament’s first champion, along with other Korean star golfers, including Jinho Choi, Hyungsung Kim, Hyungjoon Lee, and Galam Jeon. In addition to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean athletes, the tournament welcomed 144 athletes from nine other countries, including the PGA Tour’s Charlie Wi and the European Tour’s Scott Hend.

  • Event Dates : 2019. 6. 13 (Thu) ~ 6. 16 (Sun)
  • Location : 88CC West Course
  • Participating Professionals : 144 total
  • Purse : \1,200,000,000 (Winner Prize \240,000,000)
  • Format : 4 Round / 72 Hole Stroke Play / No Cut
  • Supervised : KPGA
  • Winner : Yoseop SEO
  • Athletes shouting “Fighting!” [a motivational phrase used in Korea] after the press conference
  • Sanghyun Park’s tee shot at the first hole
  • Hosung Choi making his signature “fisherman’s swing” tee shot at the 13th hole
  • Maverick Antcliff approaches the first hole
  • Soonsang Hong’s second shot at the 10th hole
  • Scott Hend’s tee shot at the first hole
  • Charlie Wi making a tee shot at the first hole
  • Japan’s Daijiro Izumida shows off his unique routine
  • Yoseop Seo delighted by scoring a birdie on the 9th hole
  • Sanghyun Park’s second shot at the first hole
  • A large group of spectators follows the Champion Team
  • The golf course filled with spectators despite the early morning hour
  • “Barefoot diva” Insooni amusing the crowd
  • Yoseop Seo gets congratulated on his win
  • Winner Yoseop Seo receiving a trophy from Sung-kyu Ji [President & CEO of KEB Hana Bank], leader of the KPGA KEB Hana Bank Invitational

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