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Kim nabs first title


GREENSBORO, N.C.—Si Woo Kim had a productive week at the Wyndham Championship.

He claimed one tournament record, a share of another, and, most importantly, his first PGA Tour trophy.

The 21-year-old South Korean closed with a three-under 67 yesterday for a five-stroke victory.

He had a 21-under 259 total at Sedgefield—tying the event 72-hole record set eight years ago by Carl Pettersson.

Kim matched Pettersson by sinking an uphill 14-foot birdie putt on the final hole, then said through an interpreter that he “never expected any course record.”

He also set a tournament record with a 60 in the second round.

Kim earned 500 FedEx Cup points and $1,008,000 in prize money in the PGA’s regular-season finale.

He said he “aggressively played because [I] already made the top 125” on the points list, and that he “felt confidence—[I don’t] have any fear attacking the pin.”

Kim became the youngest winner on tour this season, and the second-youngest in tournament history (Seve Ballesteros was 20 when he won here in 1978).

He also became the eighth player from South Korea to win on the tour—they’ve combined for 18 victories—and the second to do so in Greensboro, joining 2005 winner K.J. Choi.

Luke Donald was second at 16-under after a 67 yesterday.

Hideki Matsuyama and Brandt Snedeker were next at 15-under, also each shooting 67.

“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.

The dominant subplot each year at the Wyndham is the push by the bubble players to crack the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings and qualify for The Barclays next week at Bethpage Black.

While Kim, who came to Greensboro at No. 43 on the points list, didn’t need any help, others certainly did.

Whee Kim, a South Korean player who arrived at No. 125, and No. 124 Matt Jones both slipped out of the playoff field after missing the cut.

Kyle Stanley and Shawn Stefani, meanwhile, each finished at 12-under—good enough to put them both in The Barclays.

Stanley arrived at No. 127 while Stefani started at No. 133.

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