Kim Leads Youthful Resurgence on TOUR

By Associated PressMay 6, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 THE PLAYERSPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods was waiting on the sixth hole at Southern Hills last year during a practice round at the PGA Championship when he walked over to the side of the tee box and asked a question no one saw coming.
 
What do you think of Anthony Kim?
 
Woods pays attention to more than trophies and his bank account, and there was something about the 22-year-old Californian that caught his eye. Kim has explosive skills rarely seen in his age bracket, along with emotions that fit the same description.
 
He was an All-American for three years at Oklahoma, where he was more about self than team and wound up leaving early. In his first PGA TOUR event as a pro, he received a sponsors exemption to the Valero Texas Open in 2006.
 
Kim laughed Tuesday when he recalled the first prolonged conversation he had with Woods in January.
 
It was at the Buick Invitational, right after I tied for third at the Bob Hope Classic, Kim said. Tiger came over to me on the range and said, Its about time.
 
Gone was the brash talk that defined Kims first season on the PGA TOUR, when he rubbed folks the wrong way by talking a far better game than he played, even though he finished 60th on the money list.
 
Humility comes through winning, even when you smoke one of the best fields on one of the toughest courses. Kim won the Wachovia Championship by five shots with a record score of 16-under 272, impressive with or without Woods at Quail Hollow.
 
Still wearing his royal blue blazer, with a gaudy, diamond necklace spelling AK draped around his neck, Kim walked through the doors of a restaurant and saw Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson.
 
He received a standing ovation that lasted five minutes.
 
I dont think Ive heard anything like that for me since I was in high school and won a tournament, Kim said.
 
It never took him so long to unpack his golf bag. Stooped over in front of his locker at the TPC Sawgrass, Kim could barely remove a pair of shoes or box of balls without someone coming by to slap on the back, shake his head or otherwise congratulate him.
 
He could get used to this.
 
And unless he does, Kim will fall into the rut of other young players who finally win and are rarely heard from again.
 
It is not unusual for players in their 20s to win on the PGA TOUR. Kim was the fifth player in that age group to win in the last six tournaments, including Trevor Immelman at the Masters, Adam Scott at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and Andres Romero of Argentina at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
 
Already this year, there have been eight winners in their 20s, surpassing the total from all of 2007.
 
I think the notion has received a lot of focus the last few years about where the young players are, PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem said. And perhaps were headed in a more aggressive direction of young players coming on in the cycle. And well see how that develops the rest of the year.
 
Its not just about winning. Its about contending regularly, which allows for more chances to win.
 
Twenty players in their 20s have won PGA TOUR events over the last three years, but only four of them have won multiple times. Scott has won each of the last three years, with Immelman, D.J. Trahan and J.B. Holmes winning twice.
 
The list includes Charles Howell III, who went five years between his first and second victory. It does not include Sergio Garcia, who is tied with Scott for most victories (six) by a player currently in his 20s.
 
This comes a decade after three players each had at least a dozen victories in that age group. Phil Mickelson won 16 times on tour before turning 30; then came David Duval, who won all 13 of his career victories in his 20s, including a British Open.
 
Woods won 46 times and 10 majors before his 30th birthday.
 
Certainly, its tougher to win in the Tiger Era, but Duval won all his trophies with Woods on tour.
 
Why arent young guys winning at that rate any more?
 
I think theres a great crop of young players that are out on tour, Mickelson said. I dont know if the increased depth of talent makes it more challenging, or if guys are able to play better golf later in their 30s and 40s. That could be a big element. But when I look at these young players in their 20s, theyre all so talented. They all have so much game, and a lot of them have won this year.
 
I dont think its an area of concern by any means.
 
Kim was the youngest PGA TOUR winner since Garcia captured the Mercedes Championship in 2002 three days before turning 22. He can only hope this is the start of bigger things, but Howell and Sean OHair had similar aspirations after their first and second victories.
 
Theres a reason Woods said to Kim, Its about time.
 
Kim is as good, if not better, than any other youngster to join the PGA TOUR since Woods said, Hello, world in 1996.
 
Mark OMeara has a better perspective than most. Woods sought him out when he turned pro, and OMeara hadnt seen anything close to that kind of talent until he wound up as Kims partner in the Merrill Lynch Shootout last fall.
 
Afterward, OMeara was raving about him.
 
Everybody asks who is the next young player to come along, OMeara said earlier this year. I see a lot of talented young players. Nothing really kind of jumped out at me until I played with this kid. I played with Anthony for three rounds, and I was blown away.
 
I would expect big things out of him this year.
 

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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

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    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

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    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

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    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

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    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

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    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

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