PGA Tour golfer reveals almighty agent mistake: "I wouldn't do that on purpose"

PGA Tour golfer Tom Kim told reporters at The Renaissance Club he needed a sponsor exemption after he missed the sign-up deadline.

Tom Kim
Tom Kim

PGA Tour star Tom Kim says he's playing this week's Scottish Open on a sponsor exemption after he missed the deadline to sign up for the event. 

Kim told reporters on Wednesday at The Renaissance Club that he never intended to miss the penultimate tournament before the final men's major of the year.

Kim said the debacle was owing to poor communication within his team. 

"There was a mix-up on my team's end," the 22-year-old said, who recently lost in a playoff to world number one Scottie Scheffler at the Travelers Championship that was disrupted by Just Stop Oil protestors. 

The Genesis Scottish Open is co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour

"With two tours, it sometimes gets confusing," Kim added. 

"I only found out about it earlier the day before when I got a call from the team saying, 'Hey, we messed up on our end. We are not trying to do anything weird but we missed up.'

"Obviously I love coming out here. I would never do anything remotely weird to just flirt with the tournaments. It was a complete mistake on the people who help me."

Kim said the Scottish Open is one that he circles on the calendar at the start of the year. 

"I know I'm going to play," he said. "So I definitely would not try to do that on purpose."

"I got to really see that side of him"

Kim is a good friend of world number one Scheffler

For the first time, he faced the golfer in a playoff at the signature Travelers Championship. 

Asked what he learned from the experience, Kim said it was the first time he saw the 28-year-old not joking and talking smack. 

"So here is the thing, I know Scottie so well," Kim said.  

"We played a lot at home. It was kind of like the first time I got to see him in action as just not being like, you know, smack-talking at home and having jokes. 

"It was just sincere, trying to win a golf tournament. I got to really see that side of him."

Tom Kim and Scottie Scheffler
Tom Kim and Scottie Scheffler

He continued: [I learned] just those little things I picked up where he's just -- he is where he's at because of just how good he is. 

"You know, coming down the stretch, I had one bogey for the day. We both beat the field by two. 

"He had to play good golf to win. Taking a loss, there's no shame losing to the number one golfer in the world.

"It was tough not to get the win but there were so many things I picked up personally. 

"We had a nice conversation after. He beat me, and the words he said to me definitely meant a lot."

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