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Kwon Soon-woo wins S. Korea's first ATP Tour title in 18 years Updated: 2021-09-27 17:05:25 KST

And time now for "This Week in Sports" and so joining us in the studio is our sports editor, Paul Neat.
Paul, let's begin with golf.
Over the weekend there was a win for Choi Kyoung-ju in the PGA Tour Champions.
What can you tell us?

Yes, indeed. Choi Kyoung-ju has become the first South Korean to win a professional senior golf tour event.
Choi shot a final round of 68, with five birdies and one bogey for a total of 13-under 203 at the PGA Tour Champions PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach in California on Sunday local time.
It is the first victory for a Korean golfer at the PGA Tour Champions, formerly known as the Senior PGA Tour, a high-profile tournament for golfers over 50.
The 51-year-old is regarded as a pioneer in South Korean golf after becoming the first Korean to win a PGA Tour tournament in 2002.
Since then, he has collected seven more PGA Tour trophies.
In the LPGA, South Korean star Ji Eun-hee finished second at 15-under par at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday local time.

To tennis now and South Korea finally has an ATP Tour title winner again.

Yes, the 18-year wait is over for South Korean tennis fans.
Kwon Soon-woo claimed his first ATP Tour title at the Astana Open on Sunday.
In doing so, he has become the first South Korean champion on the world's top tennis circuit in more than 18 years.
Kwon, world No. 82, defeated the 65th-ranked James Duckworth from Australia in straight sets, 8-6, 6-3.
The last Korean to take an ATP title was Lee Hyung-taik in January 2003.
With this victory, Kwon is expected to crack the top 60 in the next world rankings.

To football now. South Korea's women's national team has reached the 2022 Asian Cup.
What can you tell us?

Well, back-to-back wins from the team’s final two qualifiers means that South Korea’s women will be at the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup.
A 12-0 win over Mongolia on September 17th was followed up with a 4-0 win over Uzbekistan last Friday to seal Korea's spot.
A goal from Ji So-yun against Mongolia sealed her place as South Korea's all-time top scorer with 59. male or female.
She overtook footalling legend Cha Bum-keun.
The Women's Asian Cup will also serve as the final Asian qualifying stage for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Five nations from the AFC will advance to the World Cup, while two more will reach the intercontinental playoffs.
South Korea have played at each of the past two Women's World Cups.

And finally, we're talking about the Winter Olympics already.
South Korea will be sending two male figure skaters to next year's Games.

Yes and for the first time ever.
That is because Lee Si-hyeong on Friday secured his Beijing 2022 spot at the ISU Nebelhorn Trophy tournament held in Oberstdorf in Germany.
Lee finished fifth at the ISU Nebelhorn Trophy with 79.95 points in the 2-minutes-and-40-seconds short program and 149.95 points in the 4 minute free skating segment, totaling 229.14 points.
The event serves as a qualifier for the upcoming Winter Olympics and the top seven athletes qualify.
Fellow skater Cha Jun-hwan secured a place in March, allowing Korea to send two athletes in the men's figure skating for the first time.

Thank-you for that, Paul. We shall see you next time.
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