Jin Jeong goes from NGA Tour Runner-Up to WGC HSBC in same year

Myrtle Beach, SC October 30, 2013 – When Jin Jeong lost in a playoff to Matt Hendrix at the NGA Tour Cutter Creek Classic earlier this year, who would’ve guessed that 5 months later he’d be known as a European Tour Champion and be one of eleven NGA Tour alumni in the limited field at this week’s WGC HSBC Champions event being held at the Sheshan International Golf Course in Shanghai, China? The 2010 British Amateur Champion won the ISPS Handa Perth International on the European Tour less than two weeks ago to earn the WGC birth. Jeong will be joining the likes of fellow NGA Tour alums Keegan Bradley and Bubba Watson who, oh by the way, are also known as Major Champions, only he’ll be less than a year removed from the NGA Tour whereas Bradley and Watson have had a little time away now. Probably the player who could most relate to Jeong would be Peter Uihlein, who is less than 2 years removed from the NGA Tour himself. The 2010 US Amateur Champion was a member of the NGA Tour in 2012 and he also got his first European Tour win this year, his coming at the Madeira Islands Open. 2010 NGAer Gaganjeet Bhullar is another youngester making his first WGC start this week as well. The India star earned his start by way of his Asian Tour success. These youngsters will be looking to challenge some of the biggest names in golf this week.

2013 NGA Tour Cutter Creek Classic runner-up Jin Jeong

2013 NGA Tour Cutter Creek Classic runner-up Jin Jeong

Three of those names to look out for this week could be Scott Piercy, Kevin Streelman, and Michael Thompson. All three proved their metal early by winning on the NGA Tour before eventually moving up and winning on the PGA Tour. Thompson’s game took off so well in 2010 that he earned Player of the Year Honors on the NGA Tour before jumping to the PGA Tour through Qualifying School. He has since gone onto a US Open runner-up finish and a win at this year’s Honda Classic. Piercy, in his brief time on the PGA Tour, has already garnered two wins with victories at the Reno-Tahoe Open and the RBC Canadian Open. Streelman, a former NGA Tour money title leader, got his first PGA Tour win at the Tampa Bay Championship earlier this year.

2013 PGA Tour Winners Boo Weekley, Brian Gay, and Ken Duke make up the rest of the NGA Tour contingency at this week’s event. Four other NGA Tour alums, Roberto Castro, Gary Woodland, Scott Jamieson, and Brendon de Jonge, are alternates and, for the moment, are on the outside looking in, hoping to get the start.

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