Joohyung "Tom" Kim becomes second-youngest winner on PGA Tour since WWII

Joohyung "Tom" Kim claimed his maiden victory on the PGA Tour at the Wyndham Championship with a sensational final round of 9-under 61.

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Sun, 7 Aug 2022
Joohyung "Tom" Kim becomes second-youngest winner on PGA Tour since WWII

Joohyung "Tom" Kim claimed his maiden victory on the PGA Tour at the Wyndham Classic in truly sensational style. 

The 20-year-old tied the second-lowest nine-hole score in Tour history when he went out in 27 strokes at Sedgefield Country Club. 

That included a remarkable six birdies and one eagle. His victory means that he is the second-youngest winner on the Tour since the Second World War.

The youngest player? Jordan Spieth when he claimed the 2013 John Deere Classic when he was 19 years old. 

What's more incredible is that Kim started off this tournament with a quadruple bogey. And he still won by five strokes. 

Kim, who laughed off his quad, made one blemish in his final round here. That came at the 10th hole. Birdies at 15 and 16 followed. 

By the time he marched up the 18th fairway to rapturous applause, this bright young talent had a four-shot lead. He carded a 9-under 61 to seal the deal. 

"I can't believe it, I'm speechless right now," said Kim, who also fired rounds of 67-64-68. "I've worked really hard to get to this point." 

He added: "It was a hard day, I didn't know golf was this stressful.

"After that quad, instead of getting angry and depressed, I stayed in the moment. I hope it doesn't happen again."

Kim is now headed to the FedEx Cup Playoffs after winning on his 15th start. He had previously accepted a special temporary membership.

Perhaps it was only offered in a swipe at the LIV Golf Invitational Series. But who knows. 

In the end, Kim finished five strokes ahead of Sungjae Im and John Huh. 

Final leaderboard:

Kim -20

Im, Huh -15

Griffin -14

McGreevy, Henley, Moore -13

Wu, Hatton, Hadley -11

FedEx Cup Playoff heartbreak:

This is the final tournament on the PGA Tour before the FedEx Cup Playoffs

Remarkably, Rickie Fowler looked like he was going to miss out on the post-season after missing the cut here. 

But he snuck into the playoffs, ranked 123rd in the points race. Only the top 125 players advance. 

England's Matt Wallace was also projected to advance, alongside Nick Taylor and Kramer Hickok. 

Austin Smotherman and Justin Lower were two unfortunate players to miss out. 

Lower, in particular, was absolutely distraught at missing out. He made a bogey at the 72nd hole to drop out. 

He told the media: "I'd tell you if I could get it out. I don't really know what I'm thinking. It sucks to come up this short really.

"I mean, to get the last card last fall and only have three starts in the fall, to be in this position I guess is, I don't know, it's cool, but obviously had some help with the LIV guys and whatnot.

"I don't even know if I'm allowed to say that. But I don't know, there's positives, but right now it just flat out sucks."


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