An eyes Olympic, Presidents Cup spots after Wentworth win

Tue Jun 2, 2015 11:27pm EDT
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By Peter Rutherford

SEOUL (Reuters) - An Byeong-hun's victory at last month's BMW PGA Championship could help open the door to Olympic and Presidents Cup berths, but the South Korean golfer knows he has a long way to go to match the exploits of his sporting parents.

An achieved the biggest win of his career in the lucrative European Tour event at Wentworth and his subsequent vault up the world rankings could help earn him a spot on the International Team at the Presidents Cup later this year.

South Korea will host the Presidents Cup at Incheon's Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea from Oct. 8-11

An's rise to 52nd in the world makes him South Korea's leading golfer, which could also see him follow in the footsteps of his parents, who both won Olympic medals in table tennis.

An's father, Jae-hyung, won a bronze in the men's doubles at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. His mother, Jiao Zhimin, won a silver and bronze for China at the same Games.

They married after the Olympics.

"I have definitely thought about the Olympics," the 23-year-old said in a statement on Wednesday. "I felt that I had more chance of getting there than the Presidents Cup, because it’s the top two in the country and I’ve been close.

"It would be great to get in. My parents have played in the Olympics and won a medal and it would be great to do the same."   Continued...

Byeong-Hun An of South Korea watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 20, 2014.       REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files