Joohyoung Kim, a great prospect in South Korean golf, won the Wyndham Championship, his first title on the North American PGA Tour, on Sunday after an irresistible final round with a card of 61 (-9) in Greensboro. (North Carolina).
Aged 20, who turned professional in 2020, Kim has so far only had titles gleaned from the Asian circuit, including two won this season. Kim is the second-youngest winner on the PGA Tour since 1932, following Jordan Spieth who won the John Deere Classic at just 19 in 2013.
Tied for third at the Scottish Open in July, he was granted an invitation to the USPGA for the rest of the season and even earned his card for 2023, finishing seventh in the Detroit Rocket Mortgage Classic on July 31.
“It’s a week I will remember forever. I can not believe it. I am speechless right now. I really worked to get there, ”he reacted, his voice full of emotions.
“It was a difficult day. I didn’t know golf was so stressful,” added Kim, whose victory qualified him for the FedEx Cup playoffs which begin next week with the St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee.
On the course of the Sedgefield Country Club, he had started his week in a delicate way on Thursday, since he had committed a quadruple bogey of hole No. 1, his tenth of the first round because he had left in the back nine.
A misadventure quickly forgotten since he was in the lead on Friday and remained in ambush on Saturday, between two storms, two lengths behind his compatriot Sungjae Im.
Kim made a perfect start Sunday, hitting six birdies and an eagle at No. 5 on his first nine holes. He only committed one bogey, at No. 10, then erased by two final birdies.
A lone rider, who relegated his two runners-up of the day, Sungjae Im and the American John Huh, to five strokes.
1. Joohyung Kim (KOR) -20 (67-64-68-61)
2. John Huh (USA) -15 (61-71-66-67)
. Sung Jae Im (KOR) -15 (63-69-65-68)
4. Ben Griffin (USA) -14 (69-69-64-64)
5. Russell Henley (USA) -13 (67-65-69-66)
. Max McGreevy (USA) -13 (68-67-67-65)
. Taylor Moore (USA) -13 (69-67-64-67)
8. Chesson Hadley (USA) -11 (69-66-70-64)
. Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) -11 (68-67-70-64)
, Anirban Lahiri (IND) -11 (66-67-68-68)
. Cameron Percy (AUS) -11 (65-70-68-66)
. Brandon Wu (USA) -11 (64-67-68-70)