Kim may get through Q-School but not earn card


LA QUINTA, Calif. – While Meen Whee Kim, who scorched the Stadium course with a 63 for a one-stroke lead, made the day’s biggest move at Q-School it was Si Woo Kim, the youngest player in the 172-man field, who has created the most interesting scenario if he can continue his solid play and finish inside the top 25.

Si Woo Kim, 17, carded a second-round 69 to move into a tie for 14th, but because Tour rules don’t allow a player to become a member until he is 18 if he earns a Tour card he would only be allowed to play 12 events on sponsor exemptions or as a Monday qualifier before his birthday on June 28.

Any money Kim earned via sponsor exemptions before his 18th birthday would count toward his season total but he wouldn’t be allowed to earn FedEx Cup points and would slide to the bottom of the Q-School/ Tour category when that group is re-ordered based on official earnings.

Ty Tryon is believed to be the youngest player to advance to the Tour via Q-School in 2001 when he tied for 23rd at 17 years, 6 months old, about a month older than Kim would be if he qualifies this week.