It was always going to be a challenging week at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational for Si Woo Kim and Jeung hun Wang. In spite of the young duo proving themselves on the big stage already, this week seemed destined to be fought out amongst the world’s current top players. Kim and Wang have not been in great form of late, certainly not close to what they are capable of producing.
The past 18 months has seen both Kim and Wang emerge as two of the hottest young prospects not just to come out of Korea, maybe not even just Asia, but arguably on a global scale.
Kim’s victory at The Players Championship was the arguably the biggest upset win for a Korean male golfer since Y.E. Yang was able to withhold Tiger Woods to win the 2009 PGA Championship. The final Major of the year is next up on the schedule.
Apart from his success at Sawgrass, a T-13th finish at the U.S. Open for 21 year old Kim has been his standout result this year. It seems remains a mystery if Kim is actually fully fit. He seemed to be stretching it out on a few occassions over the few days. After next week’s PGA Championship, Kim will travel just up the road to Greensboro, to defend his Wyndham Championship title. With golf being so unpredictable these days without Tiger dominating, whose to say Kim cannot win next week? Or even Wang for that matter?
Jeung hun Wang finished off his week on a positive note, by birdieing the difficult 18th hole, giving him a one under par final round. Although the result is not what he hoped for, Wang is gaining valuable experience playing in these big events, that will undoubtedly help him feel more comfortable at these illustrious tournaments that he is destined to play in for years to come.
Already a three time winner on the European Tour, Wang is undoubtedly got a very promising future ahead, especially if he can maintain his strong putting performances- although this week, he did struggle to adapt to the pace of the greens and made adjustments over the weekend.
Both Kim (8th on standings) and Wang (16th) will be eager to make their Presidents Cup debuts next month, with Kim almost assured of a spot. Wang, on the other hand, will need to produce at least one more very strong performance to snatch an automatic spot. What better place to do this than Quail Hollow next week..?
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