Kim Sung-hyun shoots 7-under to qualify for Special Olympics
Sung Hyun Kim, who is chasing a spot on the PGA Tour’s Fall Series, got off to a strong start.
The South Korean shot a 7-under 65 on the first day of the Fortinet Championship, the first event of the PGA Tour’s Fall Series, at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California, USA, on Friday. The South Korean carded an eagle and five birdies without a bogey to cut seven strokes off his total and sit in a tie for second place. He is two strokes behind leader Lucas Herbert (AUS).
After missing the playoffs by failing to finish in the top 70 on the FedExCup standings for the 2022-2023 season, Kim heads into the Fall Series with a lot of momentum. It’s his last chance to earn a spot in next season’s Genesis Invitational and Memorial Tournament, which will feature only 70-80 players, half the field of the regular events, and a hefty purse and FedExCup points.
He got off to a good start. After starting the day in good spirits with three straight birdies on the third through fifth holes, Sung Hyun Kim recorded his fourth birdie on the ninth. On the 14th hole, he made a shot eagle that drew cheers from the crowd. After holing a sharp wedge from 106 yards, he pumped his right hand in celebration. The finish was perfect. Kim made another birdie on the 17th to finish at 7-under par.
“My regrouping after missing the cut at a sponsored event in Korea last week has paid off,” said Kim, “Overall, everything went well today. In particular, my putts were falling in and I felt comfortable on the first day.”토토사이트
Kim, who is desperate to win his first PGA Tour title, said he will keep knocking on the door like he has been doing. “I believe that if I don’t run away and fight back, I will be able to achieve the results I want one day,” he said, emphasizing, “I will focus my mind and try to finish strong.”
Kang Sung-hoon and Bae Sang-moon, who are looking to secure a spot on the PGA Tour next season, also performed well. Kang shot a 6-under 66 to finish in a tie for third, while Bae shot a 5-under 67 to finish in a tie for ninth.