It’s been a disappointing six months for Si Woo Kim, but today was not a bad Day…😄 Missed cuts, withdrawals aplenty and his best finish only being 22nd last week at the Valero Texas Open. That was until this week…proving once again that the game of golf is full of fascinating surprises.
Kim’s short game around the greens was exceptional, as he produced a variety of incredible up and downs throughout the final day. It was like he was playing a casual round of golf on a regular Sunday afternoon.
Naturally, the adrenaline was rushing through Kim’s veins, which was most evident on the difficult par 4 14th. The 21 year old hit the second longest drive of the tournament- 359 yards, followed by a pitching wedge which ran through the green. Did he get it up and down? Of course he did!
After a comfortable par 5 on the 16th, the then world number 75 walked to the notorious 17th with a two shot lead. In his previous seven attempts on the par 3 island hole, Kim had a 100% success rate finding the green- this perfect record continued as the cooled headed 21 year old floated a wedge to the back centre of the green.
He duly two putted from there and walked to 18 with a two shot lead. Kim split the fairway on the last and the signs of a champion were very much evident. This became even more apparent when his closest rival Ian Poulter bogeyed 18.
In a fitting climax, Kim was faced with one more test of his short game, which he duly passed again. His up and down from short of 18, handed the 21 year old the biggest victory of his career and put him alongside KJ as the only other Players Champion from Korea.
Just look at the list of rewards for the 21 year old to enjoy, who is now the youngest winner of this tournament. Add to this, a jump to 28th in the world rankings, and an almost guaranteed spot on this years Presidents Cup team too.
Kim joins an elite trio of multiple winners on the PGA Tour before turning 22- Tiger, Spieth and Garcia. The next step for Korean golf is to emulate YE Yangs 2009 PGA Championship. Now is the time to really focus on this and show the rest of the world that Korean mens golf can become a fearless nation, similar to their female counterparts 🇰🇷
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