Juhyun Kim had flashbacks of Thursday’s gaffe at #1, but it won’t be déjà vu on Friday at the Wyndham Championships – at least not in this hole.
The 20-year-old South Korean, who first recorded a quad scare 8 in the 1st round on a par-4 but laughed it off en route to a 3rd under 67, thought he could repeat yesterday’s mistake after a 2nd under the opening nine. (he started the 2nd round at #10).
“I went back to the bunker and thought, ‘Well, that’s it, just don’t make an ATV,’” Kim said after the second round. and I did. I had a good number, I hit a great 2 foot shot and thought, ‘You know what, these are shots taken right here, four hits better than yesterday, so that improved the most on hole #1.'”
Kim finished six shots ahead in the first round, but after hitting seven birdies for the second day in a row, he hit 7 to 64 on Friday, moving up 22 spots on the leaderboard and capturing part of the lead with 36 holes. .
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Last week in Detroit, the world No. 35 earned enough non-member FedExCup points to earn full-time membership for the 2022-23 PGA Tour season. However, Kim had to win the Wyndham Championship to qualify for the FedEx St. Jude Championship next week, the first leg of the FedExCup playoffs.
Kim will sit 97th in the playoff standings, but as with Will Zalatoris last year, Kim played this year on a special provisional Tour membership rather than full status. As such, Kim is ineligible for the playoffs unless he holds the lead in the Tour’s regular season finale.
And Kim’s nothing-to-lose mentality could benefit him this week.
“I think last week was a little more intense,” Kim said. “I felt like a lot of the hits were a little more, I wouldn’t say stressful, but a little knowing that I needed to play well last week to give me a break this week. And once I did that, I said to myself, “You know what, I’m going to come out here, I’m just going to enjoy it,” just try to be as happy as I can, and that’s what I do. Hopefully two more days to go.”
Kim could have let yesterday’s hole derail his week, but he didn’t. And now, after two rounds, he can make it to his first-ever FedExCup playoffs.
“If you had told me yesterday after the first hole where I would be in two days, I would definitely take it,” he said, “so happy.”