2023 Shriners Children’s Open: Tom Kim made history

2023 Shriners Children’s Open: Tom Kim made history

Thanks to a quirk in this year’s PGA Tour schedule, Tom Kim made history Sunday in Las Vegas. By successfully defending his Shriners Children’s Open championship, Kim became the just the second player in PGA Tour history to win the same event twice in the same season. Here the 2023 Shriners Children’s Open

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Because the PGA Tour is switching to a calendar-based schedule in 2024, this year’s Fall series is technically a part of the 2022-23 season. Kim’s last win came exactly one year ago in this event at TPC Summerlin.

Kim joins Byron Nelson in pulling off the feat. Nelson won the San Francisco Open in January 1944 and again in December of that year.

In addition to that bit of history, Kim also becomes the first golfer to win three PGA Tour events at the age of 21 since Tiger Woods in 1997.

“I really felt confident in myself,” Kim said. “I knew that if I did me I was going to be able to do it. I’m stoked to get this one.”

Kim started the day tied for the lead with Canadian Adam Hadwin. Things tightened up considerably on the 12th hole, where six golfers were tied for the lead. This was one week after there was a five-way playoff for the win at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Kim and Hadwin pulled ahead with birdies on 13 and 15. On the 16th, Kim reached the par-5 in two shots but three-putted for par. Hadwin couldn’t take advantage, as his approach found the water. He bogeyed the hole, giving Kim a two-shot lead.

Kim parred the rest of the way for a 20-under 264, which was one stroke better than Hadwin’s -19.

The win gives Kim some momentum going into 2024. He won his second start after just a few months on the PGA Tour at this point a year ago, but we went winless since. Such is life on the PGA Tour.

“It’s been a grind trying to figure it out,” Kim said. “My first full season, trying to live up to expectations of a great year. It’s been humbling sometimes.”

Behind Kim and Hadwin was a four-way tie for third at -18 with rookie Eric Cole, Alex Noren, J.T. Poston, and Taylor Pendrith. A six-way tie for seventh followed at -17. They were Beau Hossler, Cam Davis, Chesson Hadley, Joel Dahmen, K.H. Lee, and Isaiah Salina, who was a Monday qualifier and is now guaranteed a spot in the next full-field event, which is the World Wide Technology Championship.

Ludvig Aberg, who was a part of the European Ryder Cup team two weeks ago and reached the playoff at the Sanderson Farms a week ago, shot a 62 on Sunday to finish tied for 13th at -16. Aberg, who turned pro in June, is looking likely to earn a PGA Tour card for 2024 by finishing in the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings.

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The PGA Tour heads to Japan for the ZOZO Championship, which was won by Keegan Bradley last year. Among those in the field are past PGA Tour winners with Japanese heritage, including Hideki Matsuyama, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, and Kurt Kitayama.

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