Tom Kim wins in Las Vegas for a second time during the same PGA Tour season

Tom Kim wins in Las Vegas for a second time during the same PGA Tour season

Tom Kim has now joined the ranks of Byron Nelson as the only players to secure victory in the same PGA Tour event twice within a single season.

In a successful defense of his title, Kim triumphed in the Shriners Children’s Open with a final round of 5-under 66, surpassing a group of a dozen players who remained contenders in the last hour. Ultimately, Kim secured the victory with a one-shot lead over Adam Hadwin, who posted a 67 and birdied the final hole.

At just 21 years old, Kim has accumulated three PGA Tour titles in the past 15 months, making him the youngest player since Tiger Woods in 1997 to achieve such a feat.

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

He had previously won in Las Vegas the year before, edging out Patrick Cantlay in a playoff at TPC Summerlin. In the past, the Shriners Children’s Open was held early in the season, but now it is part of the same season since the PGA Tour transitioned to a calendar season starting in 2024.

Byron Nelson accomplished a similar feat when he won the San Francisco Open in January 1944 and then again in December 1944 at the same tournament, both times at Harding Park.

The tournament was up for grabs until Kim took control on the par-5 16th. With one hour remaining in the event, there was a six-way tie for the lead, with 12 players separated by just a single stroke. The crucial stretch at TPC Summerlin spanned from holes 13 to 16, with four of the five easiest holes in the final round.

The contest eventually boiled down to a two-man showdown between Kim and Hadwin, both playing in the final group, with Kim holding a one-shot lead. They both birdied the 13th and 15th holes, maintaining their one-shot difference.

However, the turning point came on the par-5 16th. Kim reached the green in two and was 50 feet away from an eagle, while Hadwin’s approach came up short and found the water. After a penalty drop, Hadwin missed a 6-foot par putt, while Kim had to make a 5-foot par putt after a three-putt. This handed Kim a two-shot lead with two holes remaining, and he closed out the win with solid pars, finishing at 20-under 264.

Eric Cole, who shot a 62, was two strokes behind Kim, along with Alex Noren (65), J.T. Poston (66), and Taylor Pendrith (67). Pendrith’s strong performance boosted his FedEx Cup standing from 123 to 90, securing a full card for 2024.

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