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Kim wins second straight Shriners Children's Open, surpasses $10 million in career earnings

17 october 2023

Kim wins second straight Shriners Children's Open, surpasses $10 million in career earnings

Joo Hyung Kim (21, Nike Golf) won the U.S. Professional Golf (PGA) Tour's Shriners Hospitality Open ($8.4 million purse) for the second consecutive year.

Kim carded seven birdies and two bogeys for a 5-under 66 in the final four rounds of the tournament at the par-71 TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on Saturday (July 16).

His final total of 20-under-par 264 gave him a one-stroke victory over runner-up Adam Hadwin (19-under-par 265).

Kim took home $1.52 million (US$2.045 billion) for his victory, pushing his career earnings past the $10 million mark with $10.697 million (US$1.468 billion). He is the sixth South Korean to do so, following Choi Kyung-joo ($32.8 million), Lim Sung-jae ($23.43 million), Kim Siwoo ($22.16 million), Lee Kyung-hoon ($11.11 million) and Wee Chang-soo ($10.07 million).

It was the second straight victory for Kim, who earned his first PGA victory at the Wyndham Championship last year, and his third career title.

He is just the third South Korean to win three PGA Tour events in a row, joining Choi Kyung-joo (eight) and Kim Si-woo (three).

He is only the second South Korean to win back-to-back PGA Tour titles since Kyung-hoon Lee (32-CJ). Lee won back-to-back titles at the AT&T Byron Nelson in 2021 and 2022.

Notably, it has been 24 years since the Shriners Children's Open has been won by the same player two years in a row. Jim Furyk (USA) won back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999 when the event was known as the Las Vegas Invitational.

It was also the third consecutive year that a South Korean player took home the trophy, following Im Sung-jae (25-CJ) in 2021 and Kim Joo-hyung in 2022-2023.

After shooting 9-under-par the day before to quickly move into a share of the lead, Kim continued his momentum in the final round.

Kim started with a birdie on the first hole, the par-4 first, before making back-to-back birdies on the third (par-4) and fourth (par-4) to take the lead.

However, back-to-back bogeys at the fifth (par-3) and sixth (par-4) put him back on the back foot. He birdied the ninth (par-5), the last hole of the round, but had to settle for a share of the lead.

Kim bounced back in the second half with a birdie on the 12th (par-4) to move into a share of the lead. Another birdie on the 13th (par-5) put Kim back in the lead.

At the 15th (par-4), Kim's tee shot was in a tricky spot, but she kept her iron in play and holed a 3.5-foot birdie putt to reach 20 under par.

With Hadwin at 19 under, it was a two-horse race between Kim and Hadwin, and the 16th hole (par-5) was the deciding factor.

Kim's second shot sailed just over the water hazard and landed on the green, while Hadwin's shot went into the water. Kim then struggled with a three-putt but saved it with a par, while Hadwin, who was penalized, made a bogey to cut the deficit to two.

Kim calmly parred the 17th (par-3) and 18th (par-4). A par putt on the final 18th sealed the victory, and Kim was all smiles.

His teammate Lee Kyung-hoon also performed well. He added three more pars on the day to finish the tournament in a tie for seventh place at 17-under par 267.

It was Lee's fourth top-10 finish of the season in five months, following a tie for eighth at the Wells Fargo Championship in May.