Kim fires course record 60 to seal Wyndham victory
Si Woo Kim earned his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday at the Wyndham Championship finishing at 21-under par for the tournament following a final round of 3-under 67, which was five strokes clear of second-place finisher, England’s Luke Donald.
Kim said he felt like he could play aggressively because he was well within the top 125 in the FedExCup so he knew he had his card for the 2016-17 season. Sunday’s win sees him exempt on the PGA Tour for the next two years, and he has moved from 43rd to 15th in the FedExCup.
“I feel confidence so I don’t have any fear to attacking the pin,” said Kim through an interpreter.
Kim took command of the tournament with a course-record 60 at Sedgefield Country Club on Friday enroute to becoming the 16th first-time winner on Tour this season.
“I never expected any course record and I’m very happy to be the youngest winner on tour this year. The second round 60 helped me this week and set up my victory. I’m very happy with the win.”
Kim, 21, played the last three seasons on the Web.com Tour but has been impressive in his first full year on the PGA Tour making more than US$2 million to be positioned well inside the top-50 in the FedExCup points before Sunday’s victory.
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, and American Brandt Snedeker shared 3rd position at 15-under.
Geoff Ogilvy was the best of the Australians moving up 19 places with a closing round of 66 to finish at 10-under yet Ogilvy’s late surge of form was not enough to see the former US Open champion make the top-125 playoffs.
Greg Chalmers, Cameron Percy and Rhein Gibson were the three remaining Australians to make the cut.
Stuart Appleby, Cameron Smith, Robert Allenby, Rod Pampling, Jarrod Lyle and Steven Bowditch and Matt Jones all missing the weekend. Allenby’s woes continuing as he struggles to retain relevance on the PGA Tour by missing another cut yet gave us some insight as to his talent with a second round 66 after opening with a 74.
The FedExCup Playoffs begin as it always has, with The Barclays this week at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course. Four of the 125 qualifiers didn’t commit, Sergio Garcia (20th in FedExCup points), Danny Willett (75th), Shane Lowry (87th) and Anirban Lahiri (117th) and will not be replaced.
Four Australians have qualified for the Barclays, Jason Day and Adam Scott both in the top-10 while Marc Leishman (55) and John Senden (93) all within the desired top-125. Matt Jones was the hard luck story among the Australians after slipping from 124th on the standings to 126th to miss the playoffs by a single spot.