Si Woo Kim, 21, becomes youngest winner of season

By Will GrayAugust 22, 2016, 12:47 am

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Even an ill-timed weather delay couldn’t keep Si Woo Kim from the winner’s circle at the Wyndham Championship.

An incoming storm halted play late in the fourth round at Sedgefield Country Club, where Kim had built a four-shot lead with only two holes to play. When he returned to the course more than an hour later, Kim closed things out with one last birdie on No. 18 that gave him a five-shot win and a share of the tournament’s 72-hole scoring record.

Kim became the youngest player to ever earn a PGA Tour card when he qualified at 2012 Q-School as a 17-year-old, and at age 21 he becomes the youngest winner of the 2015-16 season.

“I’m very happy being the youngest winner this year,” Kim said.

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Kim is also the youngest Wyndham champion since Seve Ballesteros won in 1978 at age 20, and he’s the youngest PGA Tour winner since Jordan Spieth won the 2013 John Deere Classic at age 19.

Kim nearly entered the winner’s circle last month, losing in a playoff to Aaron Baddeley at the Barbasol Championship. But he managed to seal the deal just four starts later, becoming the eighth Korean-born player to win on Tour.

“After (the Barbasol), I never expected coming soon like this, but I’m so happy winning this tournament,” Kim said.

Kim will now enter the FedEx Cup Playoffs at No. 15 in the standings with a great chance to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship. With his victory at Sedgefield, Kim is now exempt through the 2017-18 season and will make his first start in the Masters next spring.

“My only experience to play a major was the PGA Championship, so I never had any other majors,” he said. “Especially like Masters, it’s dream tournament, dream major tournament. I’m very happy about that.”

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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.

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Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.