Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Si Woo Kim earns first PGA Tour win at Wyndham Championship

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Si Woo Kim had a productive week at the Wyndham Championship. He claimed one tournament record, a share of another — and, most importantly, his first PGA Tour trophy.

The South Korean, 21, closed with 3-under 67 for a five-stroke victory Sunday. He shot 21-under 259 at Sedgefield, tying the event 72-hole record set eight years ago by Carl Pettersson.

Kim matched Pettersson by sinking an uphill 14-foot birdie putt on the final hole then said through an interpreter that he "never expected any course record."

Kim set a tournament record with 60 in the second round. He earned 500 FedEx Cup points and $1,008,000 in prize money in the regular-season finale.

He said he "aggressively played because (I) already made the top 125" on the points list, and that he "felt confidence — (I don't) have any fear attacking the pin."

Kim became the youngest winner on tour this season and the second youngest in tournament history; Seve Ballesteros was 20 when he won here in 1978. Kim also became the eighth player from South Korea to win on the tour — they've combined for 18 victories — and the second to do so in Greensboro, joining 2005 winner K.J. Choi.

Luke Donald was second at 16 under after 67. Hideki Matsuyama and Brandt Snedeker were 15 under, each shooting 67.

"He looked like he was very much in control of his game, and he was going to be a hard man to catch," Donald said.

Kim pretty much locked up the tournament on the par-5 15th.

Donald birdied that hole to pull within three strokes of Kim at 16 under, and Rafa Cabrera Bello — Kim's playing partner — joined him by chipping in for eagle from a greenside bunker on that hole.

Kim then pushed a 15-foot eagle putt to the right of the hole, but he tapped in a 4-footer for the birdie that put him back up by four strokes with three holes left.

With only six players left on the course and the final pairing headed to the 17th tee, play was suspended for 1 hour, 21 minutes as thunderstorms passed through.

U.S. AMATEUR: Curtis Luck won eight straight holes shortly after the midway point of the final in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and the Australian beat Brad Dalke 6 and 4 to become the third international champion in four years. The 36-hole final on the South Course at Oakland Hills was all square after 18, and Dalke won the first hole after the break. Luck answered with eagle on the 20th to square it again, the start of his overwhelming run.

RYDER CUP: Matthew Fitzpatrick of England nailed down the ninth and final automatic spot for Europe. Fitzpatrick finished fifth in the Czech Masters, giving him enough world points that no one can catch him when European qualifying ends next week in Denmark.

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