Joohyung Kim Secures FedEx Cup Spot After First PGA Tour Win

Joohyung Kim carded a stunning final round 61 as he secured his first PGA Tour win a week after earning his PGA Tour Card

Kim waves to the crowd
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The Wyndham Championship had been affected by Mother Nature throughout the week, but it was 20-year-old, Joohyung Kim, who came out on top, with a scintillating final round giving him a five shot victory.

Plenty of records fell over the final round with the victory, as Kim, who goes by the nickname Tom due to his love of Thomas the Tank Engine, becomes the youngest PGA Tour winner born outside the United States since Harry Cooper at the 1923 Galveston Open.

What's more, his front nine of 27 ties the second-lowest nine-hole score in PGA Tour history, with Kim becoming just the fourth player in the last 40 seasons to win a tournament with a quadruple bogey. What is perhaps more staggering is that he won the event despite opening his tournament with a quad!

As mentioned, the 20-year-old only earned his PGA Tour card last week and started the tournament in the worse possible way, with a quadruple eight at the very first hole on Thursday. However, following rounds of 67, 64 and 68, Kim was on fire during the front nine of his final round.

Thanks to six birdies and an eagle, he led by four going into the back nine and, although his first bogey came at the 10th, that didn't phase him, as back-to-birdies at the 15th and 16th extended his lead to five momentarily. 

Two-putting from distance on the last, the title was his, with the Wyndham Championship just his 15th start on the PGA Tour, as he moves into 34th place in the FedEx Cup standings with 917 FedEx Cup points.

Kim touches his hat

Kim becomes the second youngest player to win on the PGA Tour since 1932

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Along with punching his ticket to the playoffs, he has earned the standard two-year exemption on the PGA Tour, with the South Korean stating: "I gladly accept the PGA Tour membership!"

Speaking after his round, the 20-year-old said: "I've worked really hard to get to this point. Walking off the 18th and thinking about all the hard work behind the scenes and I want to thank all of my team. I stayed patient this week and after that quad when I could laugh it off, I was in a better mental state. I can't believe I won with a quadruple bogey on the very first hole, I hope that doesn't happen again!"

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

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