GREENSBOROW, NC — Joohyun Kim walked off the 18th lawn practically cackling to himself on Friday at the Sedgefield Country Club, laughing as he left himself almost 14 feet to keep par on the hole, then promptly hit the shot.
The Wyndham Championship has been an adventurous and fun experience so far for Kim, who used a 6-under 64 and another clinic during the second round to tie and take a 9-under lead with Brandon Wu and Ryan Moore in the tournament. .
“If they told me yesterday after the first hole where I would be in two days, I would definitely take it,” said Kim. “I’m so happy and a little relaxed knowing I have the weekend to play.”
Kim, the rising star of golf who turned 20 in June, was almost head-to-head on Thursday after tripping over the quad bogey on his first hole of the first round. First he hit 8 on par-4, his tee-off hit the main rough, and his next try went only 48 yards and failed to find a fairway, and so on and so forth.
He rebounded with seven birdies and didn’t scare the rest of Thursday for 3rd under 67, becoming the third PGA Tour player since 2003 to make a quad bogey or worse on the first hole of a round and then hit under. nominal rating.
Joohyun Kim studies his shot on the 18th in the second round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
Kim said, “All I did was laugh” in response to this disastrous start. He started the second round on Friday at the back nine of the field, and after turning his No. 1 shot found a fairway bunker. It was an offline moment that might have hinted at another nightmarish scenario on the hole.
Did that bring back any bad memories of Thursday’s G8?
“I went into the bunker and said, ‘Well, that’s it, just don’t make a quad bike,’” he said. “I thought, ‘Let’s just do it on the fairway,’ and I did it.”
Kim landed his third from 119 yards for 2½ feet and parried the hole.
“You know what, these are hits taken right here, four shots better than yesterday,” he said, joking about Friday’s par. “So it improved the most on hole #1.”
Kim put together seven birdies to one bogey in the second round and had nothing higher than a 5 on his scorecard that day. 3.
Across 36 holes in the first and second rounds, his shots traveled a total of 301 feet and one inch, the most over Wyndham’s first two rounds since the tournament moved to Sedgefield in 2008.
“For me, just try to do it one day at a time without getting too ahead of yourself,” Kim said of his weekend approach. “I’m just trying to have fun and I totally enjoy it. So the last two rounds, if I can play comfortably, just happy, I know that I will have a good weekend. But I’m just happy to be here right now.”