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Michael Kim

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150

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Michael Kim will look to stay comfortable on the greens at TPC Summerlin as he turns his attention toward this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
The Cal-Berkeley product finished T16 in his Shriners debut (two years ago). He returned to find a T54 last year, despite signing for a 3-over 74 in the final round. One thing that leaps off the page from those results is hit performance with the flat stick. During the 2016 edition he gained 7.7 strokes putting and last year he picked up 6.6 more strokes with the putter. Unfortunately, he's also lost 7.7 strokes tee-to-green in those two appearances. With an obvious comfort on these greens, Kim just needs to find a way to keep up with his long game. That makes Kim a very nice sleeper in weekly fantasy formats. Nov 1 - 1:43 PM

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World No. 240 Michael Kim is in Old Westbury, New York, for THE NORTHERN TRUST and checks in off a T64 at the Wyndham and at 95th in the FedExCup standings.

The 23-year-old missed the cut by one in his tourney debut last year on 4-over 74-72=146 at Bethpage State Park (Black). That's as far as he made it in the Playoffs, exiting at 118th in the FEC standings. The Houston resident is 19-for-26 on the season with six top 25s and one top 10, a career-best T3 at the season-opener in Napa last October. His current form reads: T64-CUT-T71-T29-T35-T69.
Aug 23 - 1:10 PM

World No. 223 Michael Kim orchestrated a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in the second round of the Quicken Loans National to post 2-under 138, up 15 spots on the live leaderboard to T11, eight adrift of 36-hole clubhouse leader David Lingmerth.

The 23-year-old is making his second appearance after T29 last year at Congressional CC. He entered 81st in the FedExCup standings, 15-for-21 on the season with six top 25s and one top 10, a career-best T3 at the season-opener in Napa. The UC-Berkeley product opened with a six-birdie five-bogey 69 and on Day 2, outflanked bogey-5s at four (3-putt from 46'6") and 11, with three birdies at Nos. 2, 5 and 9. all between 12 and 23 feet. He found 10 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, gaining 1.934 strokes tee-to-green and 0.737 on-the-green.
Jun 30 - 2:31 PM

Michael Kim missed the cut in his 2016 Traveler Championship debut, returning this week for a second crack at TPC River Highlands.

The second-year man should enjoy the short test of TCP River Highlands as he ranks just 122nd in driving distance. However, it wasn't love at first sight as he posted rounds of 69-72=141 (+1) last year to miss the cut. Consistency remains a big part of Kim's game as he's missed just 15 cuts in 53 career starts, but he's only found three top 15s at this point in his career. The upside should eventually as Kim progresses, but for now gamers should keep treating him as a steady cut-making option.
Jun 21 - 10:21 AM

World No. 237 Michael Kim crafted a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the third round of the Shell Houston Open to reach 6-under 210, up 12 spots on the live leaderboard to T10.

The Houston resident is making his second visit to the Golf Club of Houston after T27 last year (68-74-71-71), and checked in off a T17 two weeks ago at Bay Hill. He opened with a pair of 70s and threw another one on the board on Moving Day. The UC-Berkeley product squared a lone bogey-5 at 11 (3-putt from 41'11"), camouflaged with birdies at holes 1, 10 and 13, all from inside of 15 feet. He conjured six (of 14) fairways and pelted 17 greens in regulation, gaining 3.042 strokes tee-to-green and eeking out a 0.403 SG: Putting.
Apr 1 - 5:02 PM

Michael Kim will make his tournament debut at this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, getting his first look at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

The UC-Berkeley product has kicked off his second year on TOUR with a 8-for-11 record. That includes four top 25s, highlighted by a T3 at the Safeway Open. Already sporting nine top 25s in 44 career starts, Kim is proving to be quite the talent. Unfortunately, none of those top 25s have come in the state of Florida. In fact, a T52 (last week's Valspar) is the best Kim has mustered up in the Sunshine State. There is a first time for everything, but the arrows are not pointing in the right direction for Kim this week.
Mar 13 - 7:10 PM

World No. 250 Michael Kim enjoyed a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to reach 12-under 201, up four places to T3 with play winding down.

The second-year man began in a four-way T7 on 7-under after kicking off in 69-66. He striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.538 putts per GIR and 3.310 SG: Putting. The 23-year-old, T45 on debut last year, squared back-to-back bogeys at 14 and 15 (failed scrambles), but answered those with bounce-back birdies at 16 and 17. Earlier, he circled Nos. 1, 4, 5, 10 and 11. His split featured five conversions from between nine and 14 feet with a long of 20'8" at the par-3 fourth. Kim will play out of the penultimate threesome on Sunday with Graham DeLaet and defender Hideki Matsuyama.
Feb 4 - 5:49 PM

Michael Kim continued his strong run of form, delivering a 5-under-par 35-31=66 during round two of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, entering the weekend on 7-under 135.

The UC-Berkeley product sputtered out of the gates with back-to-back bogeys, both from inside eight feet. He split just six (of 14) fairways on the day but must have been missing in the right spots because he gained 2.092 strokes approaching the green, finding 11 greens in regulation. After the early bogeys he regrouped to circle five birdies and an eagle over the final 13 holes. The eagle came at the risk-reward, par-4 17th where he drove the green and splashed home a 17-footer. Kim has now positioned himself inside the top 40 after R2 in 7-of-9 starts this season.
Feb 3 - 4:12 PM

Michael Kim glided to a 6-under-par 33-33=66 while taking on La Quinta Country Club in round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

The UC-Berkeley product debuted at this event last year with a 70th-place finish. He's off to a much better start this time around, circling six birdies while maintaining a clean card. Kim landed 15 greens on the day to keep things relatively stress-free with the putter. After a T27 at The RSM Classic and a T20 at last week's Sony Open in Hawaii, the PGA TOUR sophomore appears to be rounding into form. In 38 career starts, Kim has bagged one top 10, a T3 at the Safeway Open in October.
Jan 19 - 6:18 PM

Michael Kim connected on seven birdies en route to his 6-under-par 32-32=64 during round one of The RSM Classic, finding himself T6 on the live leaderboard with play still in progress.

Taking on the host course, Seaside at Sea Island Golf Club, Kim kept things simple by splitting 12 (of 14) fairways and landing 16 greens in regulation. From there, he was a magician with the flat stick. Kim splashed home six putts from outside 10 feet, including an 11'1" par saver to open his day at the 10th and a 26'7" birdie bomb at the par-3 17th. The UC-Berkeley product walked off the course gaining 4.002 strokes putting on the day. Last year in Kim's RSM debut, he found himself T5 at the midpoint before sliding to T52 by week's end. Now with a year of experience under his belt, perhaps he can keep his foot on the gas for the whole week.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 02:44:00 PM

With preferred lies in effect, second-year man Michael Kim fired a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-33=67 at the Safeway Open to finish off his second appearance on 16-under 272, up three spots into a four-way T3, two shy of champion Brendan Steele but good for his first top-10 finish in his 34th career start (32 as a pro).

The UC-Berkeley product went for T61 last season and his previous best on TOUR was a T11 at last year's opposite-field Barbasol Championship. He began the finale in a two-way T6 on 11-under, four shy of 54-hole leader Patton Kizzire. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, the 23-year-old landed nine (of 14) fairways and peppered 17 greens in regulation, circling five birdies for 1.706 putts per GIR and 1.302 SG: Putting. For the week, he totaled 22 birdies against six bogeys, four of the latter coming in the first round. Kim entered the tourney No. 370 in the Official World Golf Ranking and finished 118th last season in the FedExCup standings with four top 25s in 29 starts and didn't waste any time getting that first top 10 under his belt in 2016-17.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 10:17:00 PM

With lift, clean and place in effect, second-year man Michael Kim styled a career-tying-low 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the Safeway Open to reach 11-under 205, up 29 places to T7 and good for the low round in the clubhouse.

The UC-Berkeley product began the third frame on 4-under (T36) after opening in 73-67. He's getting progressively better and matched a career best in his 111th career round, having also shot 65 in R2 of the 2016 Sony, but this is his best score to par. Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 23-year-old erased a lone bogey-4 at the 15th (3-putt from 45'1") with eight birdies, including birdie-4s on each of the four par 5s and three straight on holes 16-18. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.538 putts per GIR and 3.074 strokes gained: putting. Seven circles were conventional, adding a pitch-in birdie-3 at the 17th.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 08:09:00 PM

Michael Kim returns for a second visit to the Silverado Resort in Napa, California, and this week's kickoff of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season at the Safeway Open.

Seven (of 21) rookies advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs last season, including the UC-Berkeley product. He bowed out in short order however, with a MC at The Barclays, finishing his maiden campaign 118th in the FEC standings. The first-round exit completed a run of MC-T47-75-MC to end the season, which otherwise showed 22 made cuts on 29 starts and four top 25s, though no top 10s. The 23-year-old's season best was T11 at the opposite-field Barbasol Championship. He posted a T61 at the Safeway last year on rounds of 71-67-71-76.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 08:09:00 AM

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.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 09:06:00 AM

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.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 08:08:00 PM