Rising star Kim Joo-hyung finishes third at Genesis Scottish Open
Rising star Kim Joo-hyung finished in third place at the Genesis Scottish Open on Sunday, recording his best finish at a PGA Tour event with a total score of five-under, 275, two strokes behind winner Xander Schauffele of the United States.
Kim had three rounds under par throughout the tournament at the Renaissance Club in the seaside town of North Berwick, Scotland, outperforming both first-place Schauffele and second-place Kurt Kitayama on the day-to-day scores, but lacking the big rounds that helped carry them slightly higher on the scoreboard.
Kim started off the tournament with a two-under, 66, in the opening round, before going over par for the only time in the tournament on Friday, at 71. His form returning moving into the weekend, hitting a one-under, 69, on Saturday and a three-under, 67 on Sunday to lock in a final score of 275.
The solid performance at the Scottish Open is the latest in a long line of results that suggest the 20-year-old, who currently plays on the Asian and Korean Tours, has a bright future ahead of him.
Just a couple of weeks ago in late June, Kim spent the weekend before his 20th birthday as the highest Korean finisher at the 2022 U.S. Open, finishing the major in 23rd place and far outpacing his older countrymen. Kim carded a three-over, 283, at that tournament.
Kim currently plays predominantly on the Asian Tour, where he has picked up two wins at the Panasonic Open India and the 2022 Singapore International. He also has two KPGA Tour titles to his name, winning the 2020 KPGA Gunsan CC Open and the 2021 SK Telecom Open. As an amateur, Kim won the 2017 Philippine Junior and the 2018 Philippine Amateur Open Championship.
Kim earned his spot at the Scottish Open as the 2021 KPGA Genesis points leader and at the U.S. Open after topping the Order of Merit for the 2020/21 Asian Tour.
This year marked the first time that the historic Genesis Scottish Open was played as a joint tournament between the PGA Tour and the European Tour, now known as the DP World Tour for sponsorship reasons, after the two organizations announced a strategic alliance in November, 2020.
A total of six Koreans competed, but Kim was the only one to make the cut. PGA Tour golfers Im Sung-jae, Kim Si-woo and Lee Kyoung-hoon, as well as KPGA golfers Kim Bio and Lee Jae-kyeong, all failed to progress past the second round.
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