Tom Kim GATE-CRASHES Rory McIlroy press conference at CJ Cup on PGA Tour

Two-time PGA Tour winner Tom Kim became a reporter on Wednesday at Congaree Golf Club as he sat in Rory McIlroy's press conference to ask him a question.

Tom Kim GATE-CRASHES Rory McIlroy press conference at CJ Cup on PGA Tour
Tom Kim GATE-CRASHES Rory McIlroy press conference at CJ Cup on PGA Tour

You can't switch on your phone or open a golf website nowadays without Tom Kim popping up with some more entertaining antics on the PGA Tour.

At the ZOZO Championship, Kim and his Presidents Cup partner Sungjae Im were filmed in raptures of laughter when using a mechanical putter on the putting green.

At the CJ Cup, Kim turned his hand to reporting as he sat in Rory McIlroy's press conference on Wednesday and he finally got the chance to ask a question.

Despite his outgoing, flamboyant personality which has been evident in his two wins on the PGA Tour and his admirable performance for the International team last month, Kim kept it sensible and asked a constructive question.

"Rory, I have a question for you. What's it like having so much success as a young player? Coming out and many years on Tour, how do you manage all that?" Kim said.

Having rejected Phil Mickelson's claims that the PGA Tour is trending downwards compared to the LIV Golf Tour earlier in the presser, it must've been nice for the Northern Irishman to receive a light-hearted question from a light-hearted source.

"I didn't have as much success as you're having at such a young age!" McIlroy said. When Kim won the Shriners Children's Open, he became the youngest dual winner on Tour since 1932.

"Like I think when you start to have success at a young age, you're going to - I think the biggest thing that I realised is managing your time. You're going to be pulled in so many different directions.

"You've got one, two, three, four, I can see five sponsors on you at this point, right? So it's just trying to manage your time to realise what got you to this position, right?

"Why are you a two-time PGA Tour winner, why are you such a great player? And it's the time that you put into it and it's the practice, it's not losing sight of that. I think that's the thing.

"I was speaking here just before you came in that I've almost found it easier to get to No. 1 in the world than staying there. I think staying there is harder. I think you've got a bulls-eye on your back, you've got to work harder, everyone's coming after you.

"That's the one thing I would say is just managing your time and not forgetting why you're in this position and why you're so lucky to get to play with me the next two days!"

It seems crazy to think that McIlroy, who we have seen turn from a boy into a four-time major winning man, is now giving advice to young players such as Kim.

The pair will play together with Rickie Fowler in the first two rounds of the week in South Carolina. McIlroy will be looking to defend his title from last season.



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