Kim Joo-hyung Overcomes Injury to Finish Tied for Second in the Open, Becoming the Highest Finishing Korean in History
South Korean golf sensation Kim Joo-hyung (21? Nike) finished tied for second at the most prestigious event in the game. It’s the best finish by a South Korean player in history.
Kim carded an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys for a 4-under 67 in the final round of the 151st The Open Championship ($16.5 million purse) at Royal Liverpool Country Club (par-71, 7383 yards) in Wirral, England, on Thursday.
With a final total of 7-under-par 277, Kim is tied for second place with Yon Ram (Spain), Jason Day (Australia) and Sepp Straka (Austria). They were six shots behind Brian Harman (USA), who won the tournament with a 13-under 271.
This is the best finish by a South Korean player in the history of the Open. The previous best finish by a Korean player in the Open was an eighth-place finish by Choi Kyung-ju (53? SK Telecom) in 2007.
It was also Kim’s highest individual finish at a major tournament. Kim’s best result at a major was a tie for eighth at the US Open.
It was especially meaningful that Kim finished tied for second despite injuring her ankle in her hotel room after the first round of the tournament.
Tied for 11th after the third round, Kim looked shaky on the day with back-to-back bogeys on the first and second holes (both par-4s).
However, Kim made no more mistakes. He birdied the fourth (par-4) and then eagled the fifth (par-5) to turn things around. He then dropped another shot on the ninth (par-3).
From there, Kim steadied his game and chipped away at his score. He birdied the 11th (par-4) and dropped another shot at the 15th (par-5) to finish in a tie for second place.
Harman won the tournament. Harman shaved one more stroke off his total on the final day to finish at 13-under par, well clear of the second-place group.
Harman, now in his 12th year on the PGA Tour, has three career major victories. He previously won the 2014 John Deere Classic and the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship.
Lim Sung-jae (25?CJ Logistics) is tied for 20th at 1-under 283, while Ahn Byung-hoon (32?CJ Logistics) is tied for 23rd at even par.
World No. 1 Scottie Shaffler (USA) was one shot back at even par. Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), looking to win his first major in nine years, 스포츠토토 finished tied for sixth at 6-under par 278.