11 Things You Didn't Know About Joo-Hyung Kim

Get to know the young South Korean, Joo-Hyung Kim, a little bit better

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Joo-Hyung Kim is one of the big names coming out of Asia, with multiple professional wins under his belt already. As he continues to establish himself, get to know him here.

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Kim celebrates his victory at the 2019 Panasonic Indian Open.

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1. Kim Joo-hyung was born 21st June 2002 in Seoul, South Korea.

2. Son of a professional golfer, Kim Chang-ik, who played on the Korn Ferry Tour, Joo-hyung was based in Australia, the Philippines and later, Thailand for a number of years.

3. He is fluent in Tagalog, English and Korean.

4. Before turning professional in 2018, Kim won the Philippine Junior Amateur, the Philippine Amateur Open Championship and the W Express RVF Cup Amateur Championship.

Kim qualifies for The Open

Kim celebrates his qualification at The Open

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5. Turning professional in 2018, he played on the Philippine Golf Tour, before moving to the Asian Development Tour in 2019. In June, he claimed the PGM ADT Championship by six strokes and then went on to win the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament in Indonesia in August and the Raya Pakistan Open by nine shots in October.

6. After his third win, he automatically qualified for the Asian Tour and carried on his impressive form, securing the Panasonic Open India, becoming, at 17 years and 149 days, the second youngest professional to win on the Asian Tour.

7. In August 2020, Kim met one of his heroes, Tiger Woods, at the PGA Championship.

8. In early 2020, he finished fourth in the SMBC Singapore Open. The event was part of the Open Qualifying Series and his high finish gave him an entry into the 2020 Open Championship, his first Major championship.

9. Later that year, he managed to break into the world's top-100 for the very first time.

10. His meteoric rise up the rankings continued, as in 2022 he claimed the Singapore International in a playoff. The following week, he recorded a runner-up finish at the SMBC Singapore Open. As a result of his run, he finished top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit at the age of just 19.

11. Kim, also goes by the name 'Tom'. The reason for this is because of Thomas the Tank Engine.

Matt Cradock
Matt Cradock

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.