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K.T. Kim

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/9/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 160

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K.T. Kim never trailed in his 3-and-1 victory over 17th-seeded Russell Knox in round two of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, tallying his second point of group play.
Kim entered the week as the lowest seed (64) of the tournament but is not playing like it. He dismantled defending Masters champion, Danny Willett, on day one and his win today never looked in doubt. His opponent, Russell Knox, spotted him back-to-back bogeys to open the round which gave Kim all the breathing room he needed. Kim stepped on the gas from there, circling birdies in four of the next five holes. The Korean cruised home and now finds himself in control of his own destiny entering round three. Even if he loses tomorrow, he'll find himself in a playoff to advance to the Round of 16. Thu, Mar 23, 2017 05:05:00 PM

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The lowest ranked player in the field – world number 70 K.T. Kim – trounced reigning Masters champion and 11th seed Danny Willett 4-and-2 in round one of the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies World Match Play.

The Korean entered the week with a championship record of 0-2 and he hadn’t been seen in action since the 2012 renewal, but he was never down to the Englishman, whose pre-Green Jacket defense woes continue. Moreover, early in the tie Willett handed the initiative away with back-to-back bogeys at 1 and 2. A birdie-3 from 37’8" at the 3rd atoned somewhat, but Kim dropped a 4’6" par breaker of his own at 4 to regain the 2-up advantage. He dropped another from 13’7" at 7 before the pair swapped holes at 9 and 10 with failures to make par. Willett’s 83-yard approach at 13 finished at kick-in range, but yet another bogey at 15 left him chasing shadows and his failure to make birdie at the par-5 16th caused him to lift the white flag. Willett will take on Bill Haas in the second round, Kim transfers his attention to Russell Knox.
Wed, Mar 22, 2017 05:42:00 PM

K.T. Kim painted a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in round two of the Maybank Championship in Malaysia, advancing six spots up the leaderboard to T5 at the midpoint.

A pair of 68s have taken the Korean to 8-under 136, four swings more than leader Bernd Wiesberger. Kim scribbled three birdies against a lone bogey on each nine on his afternoon lap of Saujana G&CC. His start was fast as he opened birdie-par-birdie and he had to wait just another three holes for another par breaker. A disappointing bogey at the short par-4 7th was a brief setback but he responded by ticking 10 and 13. Kim would drop another shot at 15 but he found a sixth birdie of the day at 17 to claim his place in the top five with 36 holes to play.
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 06:10:00 AM

K.T. Kim finished with a bang in round one of the Maybank Championship in Malaysia, closing eagle-birdie to complete a 4-under-par 35-33=68 and end the day T10 on the leaderboard.

That's five swings behind Marc Warren. World No. 61 Kim has 18 pro wins, 13 coming on the Japan Tour where he's been a stud the last two years. He's yet to show that same form in European Tour events and has just two top 10s from his 36 starts. This is an obvious chance to improve that record and he's set about it the right way. Kim started steadily with five straight pars from Nos. 10-14 before ticking 15. He traded a circle with a square on the final two holes of his opening nine and did the same at 3 (birdie) and 5 (bogey). But when a hot finish was needed he found it thanks to an eagle-3 at the 534-yard par-5 8th and a walk-off birdie at 9.
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 05:40:00 AM

K.T. Kim joins Byeong Hun An as teammates representing Team Korea at this week's World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia.

The formidable duo bring 20 international victories with them to Kingston Heath Golf Club, 17 coming from K.T. Kim's resume. That includes eight wins on the Japan Golf Tour since the start of 2015 alone. Despite all the accolades, this will be the first time either golfer is playing in a World Cup of Golf event. Kim arrives with a T40 at last week's Dunlop Phoenix Open while An enters fresh off a T10→T13 finish to the 2016 European Tour season. Their long list of international victories make them a strong boom-or-bust contender this week in Australia.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 10:06:00 AM

K.T. Kim is still looking to make headway at the highest level as he tees it up in the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International GC in Shanghai.

A five-time winner in Japan last year, and another three times this season, Kim certainly has the golden touch on that circuit, but he has struggled to adapt it into worldwide success. This is his fifth start in Shanghai and whilst he has recorded two top 30s neither of them were better than T24. In fact his 2016 season says much about his career. In April and May he played five times in Japan, winning three times and never outside the top three. He then missed the cut in the U.S. Open, Canadian Open and PGA Championship, in between going T21-T53 at the WGC Bridgestone and The Open. He then made little impression in three starts before finishing T3 last week back in Japan at the Bridgestone Open.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 11:10:00 AM

K.T. Kim connected on a T39 in the first leg of the Tour Finals and now turns his focus to the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco for the second stage.

The 30-year-old picked up $4,000 with his T39 at the DAP Championship, but leaves him outside the top 25 of the Tour Finals as he attempts to play his onto the PGA TOUR. In 30 career starts on the big stage, he owns four top 25s, including a pair of top 10s so we now the talent and upside is there. The World No. 54 is the highest ranked golfer in the field, and should be considered one of the favorites in Boise.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 03:48:00 PM

Can Kyung-Tae Kim transfer his superb form in Asia to the world stage at this week’s 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon?

The Korean is an enigma. In 2010 he won 3 times in Japan and became the first Korean winner of the money list there, he also played for the International team in the 2011 Presidents Cup, and made four major cuts on the bounce in those two seasons. Then it all went flat only to then win 5 times in Japan in 2015, and add another 3 this season. All this while he has not been seen in major championships since the Open Championship of 2013 until his reappearance in the U.S. Open last month saw him miss the cut. In 12 majors he is still yet to improve on a best of T30 in the U.S. Open of 2011. He was, however, T21 in this month’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Will the outrageous Japanese form ever transfer? That is the question.
Mon, Jul 11, 2016 10:29:00 AM

World No. 40 K.T. Kim painted a 3-under-par 33-34=67 in the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to reach the halfway mark on 1-over 141, up 27 places on the leaderboard to T14, and tied for the low round of the day with David Lingmerth.

The 29-year-old opened his third visit to Firestone CC in 4-over 74, overshadowing two birdies with four bogeys and a double bogey-6. He righted the ship on Day 2 with six circles against three squares to settle-in five shots back of 36-hole leader Jason Day. The South Korean mustered just six (of 14) fairways for a second straight lap, but improved to 11 greens in regulation from eight. He was -0.360 in SG: Off-the-Tee, but a stellar 4.093 in SG: Tee-to-Green. Kim bogeyed Nos. 4, 6 and 18 on failed scrambles and carded birdies at 2, 3, 5, 9, 12 and 17, highlighted by a 19'6" roll on the par-4 third and a hole-out from 30 yards away at the par-4 ninth.
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 07:05:00 PM

South Korea's K.T. Kim is at Firestone Country Club for his third playing of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and heads out at 12:48 p.m. ET on Thursday with England's Paul Casey and Smylie Kaufman of the United States.

This is Kim's ninth WGC event overall with a best of T6 on debut at Firestone CC in 2011. His next best is T24 here as well the following year, so he's had success in Akron, Ohio. The 29-year-old's scoring average in eight career laps over the par-70 layout is 68.83, posting five red numbers and shooting 66 three times. Kim slots 40th in the Official World Golf Ranking and won the Japan Golf Tour money title last year with five wins in 20 events. He's leading the money list again this year with three victories in seven starts. In Kim's most recent action, he missed the cut at the U.S. Open by one on 7-over 73-74=147.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 06:07:00 PM

Korea’s K.T. Kim makes his way back to the United States in anticipation of this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

Gamers haven't seen Kim on American soil since the 2012 PGA Championship. He finished 61st that week, and wrapped up a year that saw him post a 6-for-11 record with one top 25. Now he spends his time on the Japan Golf Tour where he won five of his 20 starts last season, to easily finish atop the money standings and punch his ticket here this week. Kim finished T27 at the WGC-HSBC Champions, and gamers should not be surprised to see him finish up in that area of the leaderboard this week at Trump National Doral.
Wed, Mar 2, 2016 07:11:00 PM

Korea’s Kyung-Tae Kim is looking to make a mark on the European Tour at the Maybank Championship Malaysia.

He heads to Royal Selangor GC off the back of a stunning year of success on the Japanese Tour, where he claimed four victories on his way to the top of the money list, something he first achieved in 2010. He also won on the One Asia Tour (in Thailand) last year, but has a poor record in Malayasia, albeit based on limited evidence. But in only six rounds he’s not broken 71 once and not breached 74 in his last four rounds. Since the end of the Japanese Tour year he’s played three times on the Asian Tour, with two missed cuts and T26 last week in the Myanmar Open.
Mon, Feb 15, 2016 05:42:00 PM

K.T. Kim won the Order of Merit on the 2016 Japan Golf Tour.

He placed T17 at the season finale today, but Kim picked off five wins and another eight top 10s to clear 165 million yen, nearly 62 million yen more than runner-up Yusaku Miyazato. It's Kim's second OOM title (2010). As a result of this achievement, he's earned exemptions into the 2016 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and The Open Championship. He'll celebrate his 30th birthday on Feb. 9.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 11:33:00 AM

K.T. Kim will look to carry his red-hot Japan Tour form into this week's WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in China.

Since July, the Korean has won four times in nine starts in Japan, including the ABC Championship on Sunday. Add in a victory in the OneAsia Tour's Thailand Open in June and he's lifted the trophy in five of his last 13 worldwide appearances. And you thought Jason Day was prolific. This hot-streak represents a return to form, however, as Kim had gone winless since 2012 and therefore it's two years since he played his last major (73rd at the Open Championship). Prior to that he'd finished T30 in the 2011 U.S. Open as a 24-year-old and played in that year's Presidents Cup so he does have experience at the top level. He's competed in this event twice previously, posting T49 in 2011 and T41 in 2010.
Mon, Nov 2, 2015 03:51:00 PM

K.T. Kim takes on Muirfield in his fourth trip to The Open Championship.

A member of the 2011 Presidents Cup team, Kim has played in each of the last three editions of the season's third major. He finished 48th in 2010 at St. Andrews, then promptly missed the cut in each of the last two seasons. He's dropped all the way to 150th in the Official World Golf Rankings despite a runner-up finish at the Gate Way To The Open Mizuno Open.
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 08:42:00 PM