GREENSBORO, NC ( Associated Press) — Johyung “Tom” Kim started the Wyndham Championship with a quadruple bogey on his first hole and didn’t bother in the least. It seems that the child is moving from place to place in a hurry.
Already assured of a PGA Tour card for next season, Kim overcame her difficult start at 6-under 64 on Friday, which saw her win the final PGA Tour event of the regular season alongside Brandon Wu and Ryan Moore. Gave part of the opening lead.
20-year-old South Korean Kim has to win at Sedgefield Country Club to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs as she will not be considered a member of the PGA Tour until the new season begins in September. Only one win gives him instant membership.
He doesn’t feel the extra pressure to accomplish it. Considering where he was a month ago, Kim is happy where he is.
Kim – he goes by “Tom” because of his fascination with Thomas the Tank Engine in the TV series “Thomas and Friends” as a child – finished third at the Scottish Open, made the cut at the British Open and 3M Open , and then finished seventh last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
That gave him enough points to be assured of a card next year. And as they have shown in two days, it takes a lot of time to stop this train.
He took eight shots for his first hole on Thursday. Since then, Kim has made 14 birdies and reached 9-under 131 with Woo (67) and Moore (67).
John Hoo, who scored 61, was among those in the afternoon.
“If you had told me after yesterday’s first hole where I would have been after two days, I would have definitely taken it, very happy,” Kim said.
“It’s just one bad hole,” he said, “he said to himself, ‘You know what? If I play well in my next 35 holes, I have a lot of holes to make it back.’ And that’s exactly what I did. I played better than I thought, so that’s a bonus.”
Moore needs a big weekend, too. After a chronic back injury, nothing less than a single second would be enough for Moore to earn his full card for next season.
He’s not thinking about it as much as taking the time to rest and get his back in shape. He said the fall occurs where the rib joint meets the spine, and swinging a golf club is not the best treatment. But he can see the finish line, and a good result this week will help propel his position and confidence.
For the top 125 who qualify for the postseason?
“I’m so far from it, it doesn’t even matter at this point,” he said. “I’ve been dealing with this injury for a while now. I know what’s wrong now. I just need time to deal with it. So right now it’s just trying to find a shorter form, to get me this fall.” A little bit of confidence.”
Ricky Fowler feels like he’s not taking the time. He made three straight bogeys at the start of his second round and rallied for 69. This made him par for the tournament and was unlikely to make the cut. Fowler is at number 123 and will most likely drop out of the top 125, missing the postseason for a second straight year.
DIVOTS: Jason Day withdrew due to an illness. He started with 67. … Former Masters champion Danny Willett was headed for a missed cut and would drop out of the top 125. … players who have joined Saudi-backed LIV Golf and have been suspended will not count in the final 125 in the FedEx Cup.
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