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Rising star Kim earns maiden PGA Tour crown

Update: August, 22/2016 - 16:05
Kim Si-Woo won his first USPGA Tour title at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday (August 21). — Photo mcclatchy-wires.com
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LOS ANGELESSouth Korea’s Kim Si-Woo persevered through down-the-stretch jitters and a brief rain delay to claim his first USPGA Tour title at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday (August 21).

Kim earned his maiden win in spectacular fashion as he led the tournament since posting a course-record 60 in the second round. He closed with a three-under 67 to run away with the title by five strokes over second place finisher Luke Donald.

"He looked like he was very much in control of his game and he was going to be a hard man to catch," Donald said of Kim.

Kim finished four rounds at the Sedgefield Country Club course at 21 under for the 21-year-old.

Kim became the youngest international winner on US Tour since Seve Ballesteros of Spain won in 1978.

Of all the places, Greensboro, North Carolina was also the sight of Ballesteros’ early career celebration.

With a storm approaching as Kim went to the 17th tee, play was suspended for one hour and 21 minutes.

He led Donald by four shots at the time, with six golfers still on the course. Kim built a seven-shot lead while on the front side before hitting a rough patch.

Kim made bogey on No 10 as rain moved in. But he held a five-stroke lead over Kevin Na and Brandt Snedeker at the time.

After Kim made three bogeys on the first five holes of the back nine, Jim Furyk was within four shots.

Then a two-putt birdie on the par-five 15th seemed to steady Kim, who began the day with a four-shot advantage.

Kim also birdied the last hole. Hideki Matsuyama (67) and Snedeker (67) tied for third.

"You had to play a perfect round of golf. If he did what he has been doing all week he’s really really tough to catch," Snedeker said of Kim.

Furyk’s double-bogey six on the last hole left him with a 70 and a tie for 10th eight shots adrift of Kim.

Na (70) faded down the stretch and also tied for 10th. The tournament was the last chance for many golfers with the FedEx Cup playoffs beginning next week with the Barclays tournament at Bethpage Black.

Shawn Stefani (66), who began the week at No. 133, did enough to move into the top 125 at No 123.

He had three 66s during the tournament and tied for 14th. Blayne Barber (66) also finished at 12 under and moved up several spots from his previous No 120 slot.AFP

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