Kim Joo-hyung: South Korean, 20, soars to historic first PGA Tour win

The 20-year-old shot a nine-under 61 to clinch a snug five-shot victory in North Carolina, making him the primary participant born within the 2000s to win on the Tour. Jordan Spieth, a 19-year-old champion on the John Deere Traditional in 2015, is the one participant to have executed so at a youthful age since 1932.

Compatriot Im Sung-jae and American John Huh tied for second at 15-under.

The triumph sees Kim routinely be part of the Tour as a full-time member and stamps his ticket to the FedEx Cup Playoffs subsequent week, the place he’ll compete to qualify for the Tour Championship at East Lake, Atlanta, in August.

After six tournaments in below two months — together with top-50 finishes on the US and British Opens — the teen’s latest breakneck journey appears to be like set to be prolonged.

“I’ve been home two weeks this year, so I was like, ‘You know what? Secure my PGA Tour card for next season, I can go back and relax for a week,’ but I guess that’s not going to happen,” Kim instructed reporters.

“It’s going to be my eighth week in a row if I make it to the Tour Championship. It’s a lot of golf, but I’m enjoying it and I’m honored to play on the PGA Tour, it’s incredible.”

Thomas the Tank

It was a historic win recorded in historic vogue as Kim, having shot a quadruple bogey on his opening gap of the occasion, tore by way of the front-nine on the closing day.

After taking pictures 67, 64, 68 on the par-70 course, the South Korean started Sunday at nine-under. By the flip, he was 17-under after 5 birdies and an eagle on the fifth noticed Kim’s 27 tie the second-lowest nine-hole rating in PGA Tour historical past, according to the Tour.

A bogey on the tenth offered the only blemish on the 20-year-old’s scorecard, as back-to-back birdies on the fifteenth and sixteenth put the gloss on a convincing win, made all of the extra spectacular given the disastrous begin.

Kim is the primary participant for the reason that PGA Tour’s hole-by-hole information monitoring started in 1983 to shoot a quadruple bogey or worse on the opening gap and win, according to the Tour.
Kim hits the ball on the 13th hole during the final round.

“It’s crazy. I’ve never won a golf tournament starting with a quad,” Kim mentioned.

“I told myself from the start of the week, ‘Just have fun, enjoy it, you’ve got your card already, just enjoy every single moment of it and just have fun and just don’t get too intense about it.’

“However this again 9 was loopy, it was most likely probably the most intense spherical I’ve performed. My putter felt like 200 kilos right this moment, I am not going to lie.”

Quizzed on his nickname, Kim said he had named himself as a child after the beloved fictional train, Thomas the Tank Engine. Pushed on by chants of ‘Let’s go, Tom’ throughout, one of Kim’s clubs features a symbol of the famed blue train.

“You are purported to let your mother and father title your self and I used to be like, nope, I am to call myself Thomas,” Kim revealed.

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“I beloved the present as a child. I have not watched it or something, however apparently, I actually beloved the prepare … as years went on, folks began calling me Tom, it was shorter, so I went with Tom after that.”