Two Young Koreans Qualify to Join PGA Tour

Korean golfers Kim Bi-o and Kang Sung-hoon will join the PGA Tour next year after finishing among the top 25 in the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. Better known as Q-School, the tournament ended Tuesday.

Kim finished in 11th place with 12-under 417, and Kang finished 16th. They will bring join Yang Yong-eun, Charlie Wie and Choi Kyung-ju to bring the number of Korean players in the PGA to five.

Kim, 20, turned pro in 2009 after winning amateur championships in Korea and Japan in 2008 as a member of the Korean national team. He became the youngest winner of a Korean pro tournament by winning the Johnnie Walker Golf Open Korea in August at the age of 19 years and 11 months. He was recognized as rookie of the year, player of the year and for the best scoring average.

Kang, 23, won seven tournaments hosted by the Korea Junior Golf Association at the age of 15. He played on the Korean national team that won the gold at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. He made several attempts to join the PGA and the European tour after turning pro in 2007.