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Michael Kim

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150

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Michael Kim preps for his course debut at TPC Deere Run ahead of this week's John Deere Classic.
The Cal Bear enters the week with an impressive 20-for-26 record during his rookie season. The only downside for Kim is that he owns just four top 25s, which explains why he's ranked just 112th in the FedExCup standings. Currently ranked 36th in the strokes gained putting, TPC Deere Run is easy enough tee-to-green that it may allow his strength to shine. Gamers looking for an off-the-radar sleeper should give Kim a strong look. Aug 10 - 9:06 AM

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Michael Kim crafted a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-33=66 during round one of the Barbasol Championship, placing him one stroke off the co-leaders entering Friday.

The PGA TOUR rookie arrived on the heels of three straight top 40s, flashing a little bit of form. During today's round, Kim provided himself plenty of room to attack the greens, as he missed just two (of 14) fairways en route to 14 greens hit. The University of Cal-Berkeley product also splashed home three putts from outside nine feet. Currently ranked 108th in the FedExCup race, Kim is on pace to make the Playoffs in his first year with PGA TOUR status.
Jul 14 - 8:08 PM

Michael Kim readies for his debut at Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course as he preps for this week's Quicken Loans National.

The PGA TOUR rookie is 16-for-21 but ranks just 115th in the FedExCup race. His lack of top-heavy finishes is a concern but a T16 in his last start (FedEx St. Jude Classic) is promising. The youngster is outside the top 100 in all strokes gained categories except for putting in which he ranks 48th on TOUR. His strong putter keeps him in the race every week, but he'll need to improve his tee-to-green game if he wants to elevate his game and start contending regularly.
Jun 21 - 9:42 AM

Michael Kim painted a bogey-free 6-under-par 31-35=66 in the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach the halfway point on 4-under 140, up 94 spots on the live leaderboard to T26 and matching 36-hole co-leader Jamie Lovemark for the low loop in the clubhouse.

Kim is one of 15 rookies among 28 first-timers at the Zurich Classic. He only got three holes of his first round completed on Thursday before play was halted and returned Friday morning to play his final 15 holes in 3-over, including a walk-off double bogey-5 on the par-3 ninth. The 22-year-old took a short break to recoup before the second round got underway and he raced out with four straight birdies, three the conventional way from between 12 and 25 feet and adding a hole-out from 31'11" away to kick-off at the par-4 first. He circled a 43-incher at the par-5 seventh but nine straight pars followed before brushing in an 11-footer at the par-3 17th that completed his scoring.
Apr 29 - 7:02 PM

Michael Kim arrives at TPC Louisiana ahead of his tournament debut at this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The PGA TOUR rookie enters the week in good form, posting top 30s in two of his last three starts. Kim owns a 12-for-16 overall this season, but ranks just 112th in the FedExCup race. The weapon of choice is the flat stick as he ranks 48th in strokes gained putting but he also ranks 30th in sand save percentage and 74th in scrambling. Kim's upside is through the roof long-term and his recent form suggests that a breakout week could be on the horizon.
Apr 26 - 1:03 PM

Michael Kim has decided to forego his tournament debut at this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, he will be replaced in the field by Michael Bradley.

The Cal Bear did not provide a reason for the pre-tournament WD. He's been incredibly busy early in the season, collecting eight paychecks in nine starts to open his rookie campaign. Perhaps this is a matter of wanting some rest after teeing it up four consecutive weeks. Gamers should assume this is not injury related after a T45 at last week's Waste Management Phoenix Open. We will provide further updates on Kim if any injury news surfaces. Michael Bradley takes his place this week, and he will be looking for his first cut made (in 10 tries) at Pebble Beach. Perhaps the 11th time is the charm.
Feb 9 - 1:46 PM Tour grad Michael Kim crafted a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open for a 54-hole aggregate of 7-under 209, up 10 spots on the live leaderboard to T4.

Kim is a rookie on the PGA TOUR but is playing his second Farmers after shooting 70-80 in his tourney debut in 2014 to miss the cut by six. His club affiliation is none other than Torrey Pines GC and he's showing his knowledge with today's four-birdie against two-bogey effort, chasing opening rounds of 70-69. That 69 in round two on the South Course, is one of two loops thus far in the tournament to go bogey-free on the 7,698-yard beast (Adam Hadwin 70/R2). The 22-year-old found eight (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation on Moving Day and currently leads the field in strokes gained: putting at a cumulative 7.453.
Jan 30 - 6:14 PM

Michael Kim kicked off the fall portion of the 2015-16 schedule with a flawless 5-for-5 showing.

The PGA TOUR rookie wasted no time in the transition phase. After a 19-for-24 record on the Tour last year, Kim was implanted on the radar of many gamers. He's paid dividends early as he's collected 98.5 FedExCup points to enter the new year with a share of 73rd place in the standings. The next step for the youngster is to take it up a notch and turn the paydays into contention on a weekly basis.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 08:41:00 AM

Michael Kim went 7-for-7 in scrambling and laced Sea Island Resort's Plantation Course for a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 in today's second round of The RSM Classic.

This was the kind of round a rookie will recall when he needs to dig deep because that's exactly what he did today. In challenging conditions along the coast, Kim piped 10 (of 14) fairways and picked off three birdies before an eagle at the par-5 16th hole. He posted 8-under 134 and sits just three shots in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 03:41:00 PM

Michael Kim opened the Sanderson Farms Championship with a 6-under-par 34-32=66 and sits four strokes off the overnight lead.

The rookie's debut at the Country Club of Jackson had a little bit of everything. For starters, while he missed five (of 14) fairways, he hit every greens in regulation, the only in the field to turn that trick. And despite that, he squared a pair of bogey-5s late in his opening nine (Nos. 16 and 18). But he compensated wonderfully by balancing eight birdies equally per side. Among four that disappeared from outside 13 feet, the longest measured 38'7" at the par-4 second hole and 40'9" at the par-5 third.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 07:04:00 PM

Michael Kim followed his opening 71 at the Open with a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in today's second round.

For the second straight day, the rookie found eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation. He also squared two bogey-5 again, but countered with seven birdies today, four more than the lid-lifter. His most notable went in the books as a zero-putt 15-yarder at the par-4 12th hole, but Kim also connected conventionally from 30'9" and 12'2" at the par-4 fourth and 17th holes, respectively. He reached the midpoint in 6-under 138, two strokes off the pace of 36-hole clubhouse leader Martin Laird.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 06:19:00 PM

Michael Kim shot 1-under-par 35-36=71 in today's opening round of the Open.

The 22-year-old product of the University of California split eight (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation in his first round as a rookie on the PGA TOUR. He traded three birdies with two bogeys before finishing eight swings back of overnight leader Brendan Steele. Kim was on our radar in part because he withdrew during the opening round of the Tour Championship with an illness.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 10:19:00 PM

Michael Kim is included in the published field of next week's Open.

And we're off again. Well, almost. The 2015-16 season doesn't begin until Oct. 15, but it will have been only three weeks since the TOUR Championship wrapped last season. Kim played the following week at the Tour Championship but withdrew with only 11 holes in the books due to an illness. He opens his rookie campaign on the PGA TOUR in the 33rd position in the reshuffle, so he's the third-from-last man in the field. Just proves how valuable every stroke matters all season on the Tour and in the four-event Finals. Kim is 0-for-2 as a pro on TOUR, but he survived both cuts as an amateur in 2013, including a T17 at the U.S. Open.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 02:16:00 AM

Michael Kim withdrew during his opening round of the Tour Championship due to an illness.

The soon-to-be PGA TOUR rookie completed 11 holes in 6-over-par with two birdies, two bogeys and three doubles. He went 2-for-4 during the Tour Finals with a T66 and a T29 in the first and third legs, respectively. Prior to it, the 22-year-old wrangled five top 10s, all within a 10-start span. As a product of the University of California, Berkeley, Kim would be opening his PGA TOUR membership at the Open at Silverado Resort and Spa in nearby Napa, but it remains to be seen if the field of 144 will loop in his number on merit. He finished 13th in regular-season earnings, but will take a tumble as a result of a quiet showing in the Finals and the imminent reshuffle that will blend in the 25 grads to be determined.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 08:11:00 PM

Michael Kim spun a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the second round of the Price Cutter Charity Championship to take the 36-hole lead by one stroke at 13-under 131.

Kim's second lap around Highland Springs CC featured six birdies, three on each nine, and 12 pars. Worth a mention, he also went blemish-free in the first round. The irons have been the key to his success thus far, landing 16 GIR in each of his rounds. While his 13 birdies are tied for sixth in the field, clearly the ability to eliminate mistakes stands as the biggest factor for his success. He entered this week 96th on the Tour money list, but would likely move inside the top 25 with a win.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 10:51:00 PM