The opening quad ghost number 8 helped Juhyun Kim make history on Thursday at the Wyndham Championship.
The 20-year-old was the first to par-4 to start his round and scored on the edge of the fairway bunker. Then with 104 yards to go, Kim advanced 32 feet. His third shot went over the green into the rough, and still 25 feet from the cup, it took Kim four more tries to put the ball into the hole.
Kim’s reaction, however, was not what you thought.
“I laughed,” Kim said after the round. “I couldn’t help it. It was only the first hole, and hell, I just lied really badly, and then there wasn’t another good lie, and there really wasn’t another good lie, there wasn’t another good lie. It worked out well.”
The South Korean, who earned enough non-FedExCup FedExCup points last week in Detroit to earn full-time membership for the 2022-23 Tour season, scored no cells on his scorecard for the rest of the day. World No. 35 finished with 3 to 67 and sits T-23, six shots behind John Hu’s lead.
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“I just stayed very patient,” Kim said. “I knew there were birds there. Once I got the momentum, I kept pushing and I think that’s how the seven birds got there.”
This was the third time in the ShotLink era (2003) that a player made a four or worse bogey on the first hole of a round and then under par. Hank Lebioda did it on the first day of the 2019 Barbasol Championship and Freddie Jacobson did it on the 2010 American Express third round.
Perhaps it was Kim’s loose mentality that allowed him to add his name to this list.
“I just laughed because it was the first hole of the day and it was probably the worst start of my career,” he said. “All I could do was laugh because some of the punches I did there were pretty terrible. But I don’t know, for some reason I felt calm. It was one bad hole and I just said to myself, “You know what, I can still get it, I can still shoot below par today,” and somehow I did.