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After promising a "59 round," Joohyung Kim wins his first PGA Tour championship
After promising a "59 round," Joohyung Kim wins his first PGA Tour championship
After promising a "59 round," Joohyung Kim wins his first PGA Tour championship
Golf After promising a "59 round," Joohyung Kim wins his first PGA Tour...

After promising a “59 round,” Joohyung Kim wins his first PGA Tour championship

PGA Tour: Joohyung Kim, who was born in the 2000s, won the Wyndham Championship by an amazing margin of five strokes to become the second-youngest champion on the PGA Tour this century.

Kim, who started the event on Thursday with a quadruple-bogey, was two shots back going into the final round. However, he pulled ahead of the pack by playing an eight-hole stretch in eight under on his way to a spectacular nine-under 61.

The 20-year-old finished the week on 20 under, comfortably ahead of fellow countryman Sungjae Im, who shot a final-round 68 that included an eagle on the fifth hole and three birdies in a row. John Huh and Sungjae Im tied for second place on 15 under.

With a win, Kim will join the PGA Tour permanently and be qualified to play in the season-ending FedExCup play-offs, which get underway on Thursday at the FedEx St Jude Championship.

Joohyung Kim made back-to-back birdies from the second hole on with putts from 20 feet and 25 feet, added another from 12 feet at the fourth, and then made five under after only five holes with a great approach shot into the par-five fifth that set up an eight-foot eagle.

Kim reached the turn in 27 and tied the second-lowest nine-hole score in PGA Tour history with a 20-foot birdie at the next hole, an incredible saving from half the distance at the seventh, and a series of gains from the eighth.

After a poor tee shot to start his back nine, Kim made a bogey, missed a six-foot birdie opportunity at the par-three 12th, and then ended a string of pars with a two-putt birdie at the par-five 15th.

Kim needed a birdie-birdie finish to shoot a round under 60 after hitting an excellent tee shot into the par-three 16th hole, but instead, he closed with back-to-back pars to claim a commanding victory.

Im missed the opportunity to finish alone in second when he bogeyed his final hole, while Huh tied the Korean for the lead after making an eagle at the par-five fifth hole and shooting a three-under 67.

Max McGreevy, Russell Henley, and Taylor Moore were passed by Ben Griffin for fourth place, while Tyrrell Hatton of England climbed into a tie for eighth place with 11 under after shooting 64 in the final round.

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