Jeunghun Wang Leads On DP World Tour After Returning From Military Service

Wang currently co-leads the Singapore Classic as he looks for his first DP World Tour title since 2017

Jeunghun Wang walks on with his putter in hand
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Making his sixth professional start since returning from mandatory military service, Jeunghun Wang is in a share of the lead at the Singapore Classic, with the 27-year-old looking to secure a fourth DP World Tour title and his first since the 2017 Qatar Masters.

Featuring a congested leaderboard in Singapore, Wang carded just one birdie over his first nine holes, with his round igniting on the 12th, as five birdies in a row from the 12th to the 16th gave him a share of the lead.

Wang holds the Qatar Masters trophy in 2017

Wang's last victory on the DP World Tour came back in 2017 at the Qatar Masters

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Although he bogeyed the 17th, the South Korean was able to birdie the par 5 last for a 14-under tournament total and a share of the lead with Alejandro del Rey, with 20 players within five shots of the duo.

Following his round, Wang stated: "I think I played really well today and the last two days as well. I changed my putter two weeks ago and that has worked really well. I think that’s the reason I’ve played so well.

"I didn’t really think about birdies. I just kept playing, aiming at the flag and it worked. I still cannot believe I'm here. I’m really excited to play every event. I just try to enjoy it and when I feel bad, or sad, I will think about military service and it makes me feel better! I'm not thinking about winning right now though. I’ll just play my own game tomorrow and hopefully it will work."

Alejandro del Rey walks with two caddies

Del Rey is looking for a first DP World Tour victory

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Despite securing three DP World Tour victories in an eight month period, Wang had to complete South Korea's mandatory military service, which all able-bodied 18 to 28 year olds must complete.

With the service lasting anywhere from 18 to 24 months, it has affected South Korean golfers previously. Both Seung-Yul Noh and Sangmoon Bae had to take time out of their Tour careers to do their military service, with Noh returning to competition in 2020, and Bae completing his service in 2018.

In 2021, Si Woo Kim And SungJae Im decided to skip The 149th Open Championship in preparation for the Olympic games. By winning an Olympic gold medal they could obtain exemption from national service but, at the event, Im finished 22nd and Kim 32nd.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x