62 Gives Kim Girls Junior Medalist Honors
Kim finished the second day of stroke play with a 36-hole total of 133 at Indian Hills Country Club.
Kims 62 is the lowest 18-hole score in any championship in the history of the USGA. Helen Alfredsson shot 63 in the first round of the 1994 Womens Open. Johnny Miller shot 63 in the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open; Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf equaled the feat in the first round of the 1980 U.S. Open; and Jim Wilson carded a 63 in the first round of stroke play in the 2000 U.S. Mid-Amateur.
Kim shot nine of 29-33 and made eight birdies. She made three straight birdies on two separate occasions: Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 6, 7, 8.
Her 6-under-par 29, with just 12 putts, tied a USGA mark for lowest nine hole score in a USGA championship with Neal Lancaster, who accomplished that feat in the second round of the 1995 and 1996 U.S. Opens, and Mark Boyajian (1986 Mid-Amateur, first round) and Bert Atkinson (1997 Mid-Amateur, second round).
Aree Wongluekiet, 15, of Bradenton, Fla., who won the Championship in 1999, shot a 1-over-par 71 for a two-day total of 2-under 138, five strokes behind Kim. The only other player under par was Nicole Perrot, 17, of Chile, who shot a 4-under 66 following her opening round of 73 for a 1-under total of 139.
Naree Wongluekiet, older identical twin sister of Aree, withdrew after nine holes of her second round because of a shoulder injury. She was 7-over-par for her round at the time.
Two rounds of match play will be played Wednesday and Thursday. The semifinals are scheduled for Friday morning and the championship final is at 9 a.m. Saturday.
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Watch: Dechambeau simulates dew on East Lake range
Bryson DeChambeau has certainly lived up to his nickname of "Mad Scientist" since joining the PGA Tour, using his eccentric style to win four events, including the first two tournaments of this year's FedExCup Playoffs.
And he's staying on brand at the season-ending Tour Championship, where he enters as the favorite to capture the FedExCup title.
The 24-year-old was spotted on the East Lake range Tuesday, preparing for potential morning dew on the golf ball this week - by having a member of his team spray each golf ball between practice shots:
Simulating moisture on the ball.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 18, 2018
Bryson being Bryson. pic.twitter.com/uXNadkxTOP
Bryson is using two launch monitors. Hitting brand-new balls straight out of the box. Someone scrubs his clubface before every shot, then spritzes the ball with water to simulate morning dew.— Sean Martin (@PGATOURSMartin) September 18, 2018
While this type of preparation might come off as a little excessive to the average golfer, it's rather mild for DeChambeau, considering that in the last two weeks alone he has discussed undergoing muscle activation tests and measuring his brain waves.
DeChambeau goes off with Justin Rose on Thursday at 2 p.m. He could finish as low as T-29 and still have a mathematical chance of winning the season-long FedExCup.
Fewer goals but more consistency for Thomas in 2018
ATLANTA – After winning last year’s FedExCup, Justin Thomas was asked about his goals for the season and he quickly went to his phone.
A list of 13 “goals” had been typed in, a rundown that ranged from qualifying for the Tour Championship to finishing in the top 10 in half of the circuit’s statistical categories. Nearly every goal had a “Y” next to it to denote he’d accomplished what he wanted.
Thomas was asked on Tuesday at East Lake how his goals are shaping up this season.
“I haven't looked in a while. I really haven't. I'm sure if I had to guess, I'm probably around 50 to 60, 70 percent [have been completed],” he said. “I definitely haven't achieved near as many as I did the previous year. But we still have one week left to knock a big goal off.”
Thomas pointed out that although he didn’t add to his major total this season or win as many times as he did last year, he still feels like he’s been more consistent this year.
He has more top-25 finishes (19) than he did last year (14), missed fewer cuts (two compared to six last season) and has improved in nearly every major statistical category.
“It's been a really consistent year, and I take a lot of pride in that,” Thomas said. “That's a big goal of mine is to improve every year and get better every year, so if I can continue in this direction, I feel like I can do some pretty great things the rest of my career.”
Woods' probation for reckless driving ends one month early
Tiger Woods' year-long probation stemming from last year's DUI arrest has been terminated a month early.
According to Sam Smink of WPTV, Woods, 42, was let off probation early for successfully completing all regular and special conditions of his probation after pleading guilty to reckless driving and entering a diversion program last October.
Under the conditions of the program, Woods was required to pay a $250 fine and court costs, attend a DUI school and undergo a substance abuse evaluation and treatment program. He was also subject to random drug and alcohol testing under the program.
#UPDATE: The PBC State Attorney ends #TigerWoods' probation one month early, as of 9/12. Woods was in the first time DUI offender program. While in the program, Woods had random drug/alcohol testing and was not able to consume alcohol. @wptv #wptv https://t.co/bkt3jC3Pfe pic.twitter.com/XASPJFVQtx— Sam Smink (@samsminkWPTV) September 18, 2018
The 14-time major champ was arrested on charges of DUI in May of 2017 after he was found unconscious behind the wheel of his parked Mercedes-Benz in Jupiter, Fla.
Although tests showed Woods was not under the influence of alcohol at the time, he admitted to taking several pain and sleep medications to cope with his fourth back surgery which was performed in April.
Since his arrest, Woods has returned to competition, rising to 21st in the Official World Golf Ranking after a pain-free campaign in 2018.
Players wrapping their heads around FedEx changes
ATLANTA – Even players who have known the details of the PGA Tour’s plan to dramatically change the way it crowns a FedExCup champion were still digesting the details on Tuesday at the Tour Championship.
“I think it’s maybe easier to follow for people at home. Kind of definitely strange and very different to be on 10 under par starting on the first tee,” said Justin Rose, who begins this week’s finale second on the points list.
Next year when a new strokes-based system will decide the season-long race, Rose would begin his week at East Lake 8 under, two strokes behind front-runner Bryson DeChambeau and eight shots ahead of Nos. 26-30 on the points list.
Most players said the new format will be an improvement over the current model, which is based on a complicated points structure. That’s not to say the new plan has been given universal support.
Under the current format, the 30th-ranked player has a .4 percent chance of winning the cup, while the first player on the points list has a 27 percent chance. Those odds remain virtually identical under next year’s strokes-based format.
“I’m not saying the 30th guy should have the same shot as the fifth guy, but just make the odds a little bit better. Give them a 5 percent chance,” Billy Horschel said. “The strokes could be distributed differently. Maybe put the leader at 6 under [instead of 10 under] and then you go down to even par. Five or six shots back, over four days, you still have a chance.”
There will no doubt be a period of adjustment, but after more than three years of planning, most players were pleased with the general elements of the new plan if not all of the details.
“It's never going to be perfect,” said Justin Thomas, last year’s FedExCup champion and a member of the player advisory council. “No system in any sport is ever going to be perfect, and the Tour has done such a great job of talking to us and trying to get it as good as possible. But it's just hard to understand the fact that you could be starting behind somebody else and still somehow win a golf tournament or an official win.”