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Whee Kim

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/22/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 172

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Making his tournament debut, World No. 170 Whee Kim styled a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of the Memorial Tournament to post 9-under 207, up 28 places to T7 with play still in progress.
The Dallas resident entered the week 73rd in the FedExCup standings with just nine cashes in 20 starts. Three of those were top 25s and two of those top 10s, both doubling as top 5s, including a tied career-best P2 at the Shriners back in November. After an opening 73, the South Korean has answered with twin 67s to get back into the conversation. He hit 12 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, losing 0.508 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.085 on approach. The 26-year-old carded seven birdies to overpower two bogeys at hole 7 (3-putt from 25'5") and 17, posting 1.643 putts per GIR and 3.269 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. Kim's split featured two conversions from between 22 and 28 feet. Jun 2 - 3:23 PM

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Whee Kim won't make the trip to Trinity Forest Golf Club this week, removing himself from the field on Monday.

Kim is on a bit of a slide recently. He hasn't finished inside the top 40 in an individual event since the Shriners (T2) in November. Kim has posted par or worse in each of his last six rounds to sit outside the top 100 after all six of those rounds. Kim ranks 66th in the FedExCup race thanks to a pair of top-heavy fall finishes but it's still a bit surprising that the Dallas resident won't peg it this week when he's so close to home.
May 14 - 4:47 PM

In alternate-shot action at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, World No. 147 and World No. 156 Andrew Yun styled a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in Round 2 to reach 9-under 135, up 23 places on the live leaderboard to T9, four back of clubhouse leaders Michael Kim and Andrew Putnam.

This is Kim's second appearance after a missed cut last year teamed with journey-man Greg Owen. Yun, a PGA TOUR rookie, is making his tournament debut. The teammates kicked off with bogey-free 66 (best-ball), one of 49 blemish-free rounds on Day 1. Beginning off No. 10 tee, they went out in 3-under, outpacing a 1-putt bogey-6 at 11 with four birdies at 14 and a hat-trick at 16-18. On their home half, they ate double bogey-6 at 6 (Yun tee ball in the water), but bounced back big time with a Kim hole-out eagle-3 at 7 from 24'6" away. Their birdie split included two conversions from between 10 and 15 feet, adding a 32-footer from the fringe off the flat stick of Yun.
Apr 27 - 2:42 PM

World No. 147 Whee Kim fashioned a 3-under-par 32-36=68 in the second round of the RBC Heritage to post 6-under 136, up three places on the live leaderboard to T7, three back of 36-hole clubhouse leaders Si Woo Kim and Ian Poulter. UPDATE: At the end of play, Kim is T13, four short of leader Bryson DeChambeau.

This is the 26-year-old's third appearance and third 68 after opening with one also. He also shot 68 in R3 on debut in 2016, closing with 69 for T6. The Texas resident entered this week off back-to-back missed cuts in Houston and at Bay Hill, and a T49 at the Valspar. The T49 broke a slump of six straight MCs, shortly after consecutive top 5s at THE CJ CUP and the Shriners, were he tied a career best with a P2. The South Korean landed nine (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, gaining 2.537 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.866 around-the-green. He squared two bogeys at 12 and 18, outpaced by four conventional birdies at holes 2, 3, 5, and 9, all from inside of seven feet, adding a hole-out birdie-3 at 13 from 31'8" away. Kim registered 1.700 putts per GIR and -0.900 SG: Putting with 26 total putts.
Apr 13 - 1:30 PM

Whee Kim looks to snap out of a slump as he turns his attention toward the Golf Club of Houston for his fourth straight appearance at the Houston Open.

Kim impressed with a T25 in his 2015 Houston Open debut. He's gone the wrong way in recent editions (T64 and then MC last year). More recently, he's missed the cut in seven of his last eight starts. That is directly following a steaming start to the season where he posted back-to-back top 5s at the CJ CUP and then the Shriners. While his form has been dreadful lately, he did show some flashes at the Valspar Championship recently. Kim opened with a 3-under 68 to sit in a share of second place after R1. He faded to T49 by week's end but it could be a nice sign that good things are on the horizon.
Mar 27 - 12:07 PM

Whee Kim caught fire in round one of the Valspar Championship, penciling a 3-under-par 34-34=68 to place himself inside the top 5 on the very early leaderboard.

Kim entered the week on the heels of six straight missed cuts but he flipped the script today. Battling with blustery conditions at Innisbrook Resort, Kim split eight (of 13) fairways en route to 10 GIRs. While the ball-striking was steady but not spectacular, his flat stick did most of the work. By day's end he splashed home six putts from outside seven feet, including birdie bombs from 23'3" and 31'10" at the 5th and 9th holes, respectively. Kim lasted just 27 holes at this event last year before a mid-tourney WD (back). He also posted a T53 in his 2016 Valspar debut. Signing his sixth scorecard at the Copperhead Course, this will be the first in red numbers for Kim.
Mar 8 - 12:53 PM

Whee Kim takes his talents to Scottsdale, Arizona, for his second career appearance at this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Kim enters the week on the heels of four straight missed cuts. After a pair of early-season top 5s, his form has gone sour. Making his second start at the WM Phoenix Open, Kim will look to replicate or improve upon his 2016 appearance that resulted in a T56. He was T37 at the midpoint of that event before fading slightly over the weekend. Currently ranked 12th on TOUR in strokes gained putting, Kim presents gamers with a high-risk, high-reward option in deeper fantasy formats.
Jan 31 - 2:13 PM

First-round leader and World No. 148 Whee Kim spun a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to match Alex Cejka and Patrick Cantlay on 9-under 275, and then lost to Cantlay's par with double bogey-6 on the second playing of the par-4 18th in sudden death after an errant tee shot and penalty drop. UPDATE: Kim jumps 34 spots to a career-high 114th in OWGR.

This was Kim's third cash in three appearances, brushing aside a previous-best T49 in 2015. He improves to 4-for-4 on the season with two top 10s, both doubling as top 5s, arriving off solo 4th at THE CJ CUP two weeks ago. It's the 25-year-old's second runner-up finish in 81 career starts, first in extra time, joining a T2 at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude. After kicking off in 65-72-72, the South Korean began T8, five back of 54-hole co-leaders Beau Hossler and J.J. Spaun. Playing out of the third-to-last threesome with Cantlay, he hit nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 2.989 SG: Putting, No. 1 for the week in SGP at 8.635. Kim was blemish-free 6-under thru 17 holes, circling 1, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 16, five from between 11 and 25 feet, before a walk-off bogey-5 in freshening winds. He posted 1.643 putts per GIR with 28 total putts.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 08:35:00 PM

First-round leader and World No. 148 Whee Kim backed up with a 1-over-par 36-36=72 in the third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, dipping two places to T8 on 4-under 209, five shy of 54-hole co-leaders Beau Hossler and J.J. Spaun.

After opening with 65, the 25-year-old has posted consecutive 72s. He began the third round T6 on 5-under, six back of Spaun. Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, the South Korean was 1-under thru 17 holes, outpacing bogeys at Nos. 4 and 7 with three birdies at 3, 11 and 13 (from 16'9"), but walked off with double bogey-6 after putting his second in the water. On six (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, he lost 1.931 strokes tee-to-green but gained 2.123 on-the-green, finishing with 28 total putts. Kim saved par three times from between six and 10 feet, including a nice up-and-in at 17 with the winds howling.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 08:44:00 PM

First-round leader and World No. 148 Whee Kim stumbled to a 1-over-par 35-37=72 in the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, falling five spots to T6 on 5-under 137, six shy of 36-hole leader J.J. Spaun.

After an opening 65, the 25-year-old led by one over four players. He was blemish-free in R1 but squared three in R2, all failed scrambles, outbalancing two circles at Nos. 5 (from 41'11") and 9 (8'8"). The South Korean found nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 0.852 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 0.991 around-the-green. He posted 1.833 putts per GIR and -0.147 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 09:09:00 PM

Whee Kim cruised to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-33=65 during the opening round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, good for sole possession of the early clubhouse lead.

Kim landed just 13 greens in regulation today but used some stellar short game to maintain a clean card. By day's end, he knocked in three putts from outside 10 feet, including a 27'7" birdie bomb at the par-4 seventh. That was good for +3.471 strokes gained putting as he walked off TPC Summerlin. Kim arrived with a solo fourth in his most recent start (CJ CUP @ Nine Bridges) so some keen gamers may have seen this round coming. If this lead holds it will be his first 18-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR, and just his second lead after any round (R2, 2015 Barbasol Championship). He went on to finish T3 at that event.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 04:08:00 PM

World No. 205 Whee Kim carved out an even-par 35-37=72 in the final round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES for a 72-hole tally of 6-under 282, up one spot to solo 4th, three swings short of a two-man playoff involving Marc Leishman and overnight co-leader and eventual champ Justin Thomas.

The 25-year-old was one of 17 Korean players in the 78-man field and the only top-10 finisher. It's his seventh top 10 in 80 career TOUR starts, first this season in three tries, chasing progressively better finishes of T54 (Safeway) and T39 at the CIMB. After opening in 68-70-72, the Seoul native began T5 on 6-under, three adrift of Thomas. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.846 putts per GIR. Kim cancelled six birdies at holes 1, 3, 8, 9, 14 and 18, with four squares at 2, 6, 7 and 17, and double bogey-6 at 10. This is his second top 10 in his last 12 starts, joining a career-best T2 at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude back in early-June.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 06:15:00 AM

World No. 205 Whee Kim handed in an even-par 36-36=72 after the third round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES for a 54-hole tally of 6-under 210, up one spot to T5, three adrift of co-leaders Justin Thomas and Scott Brown.

After opening with 68-70, the South Korean began T6 on 6-under, three short of 36-hole leader Luke List. Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, he hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, registering 1.909 putts per GIR. The 25-year-old carded 16 pars, exchanging birdie-3 at 10 with a walk-off bogey-6 at 18. He has six career top 10s in 79 TOUR starts with a best of T2 at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude, where he was T9 thru 54 holes and closed in 3-under 67.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 06:30:00 AM

World No. 205 Whee Kim crafted a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the second round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to reach 6-under 138, up six places to T6, three shy of 36-hole leader Luke List.

The 25-year-old is one of 17 Korean players in the 78-man field and at the midpoint, the only one residing in the top 20. He kicked off with 68, cancelling two birdies with two bogeys but bookended two eagle-3s at holes 9 and 18. The Seoul native returned on Day 2 to card three birdies against one bogey on 13 (of 14) fairways -- for a second lap in a row -- and 18 greens in regulation. His ball striking is obviously on-point, T2 in driving accuracy and T11 in greens in regulation at halfime, but he's 71st in putts per GIR at 1.966, lowlighted by a pedestrian 2.000 mark in R2.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 08:37:00 AM

World No. 205 Whee Kim readies for the inaugural CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES on Jeju Island, Korea.

The South Korea native and resident's lone professional win came in 2012 on the Korean PGA Tour. He's a two-time Tour grad in 2014 and 2016, parlaying the latter into a career-best 89th-place finish in the FedExCup standings last season. The 25-year-old posted five top 25s among just 11 made cuts in 27 starts, two for top 10s, including a career-best T2 at the FedEx St. Jude back in June. In 10 starts since, he's not recorded a top 25, but did post a T12 four weeks ago on the Korean Tour. Kim's opened this season with T54 at the Safeway and T39 last week at the CIMB (68-75-71-68).
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 02:49:00 PM