Kim Si-woo scored eight birdies in the last round on January 24 to crown at -23 with a bonus of $ 1,206 million at the PGA Tour event in Laquinta, California.

Kim lifted the American Express trophy at Stadium, January 24.  Photo: AP

Kim lifted the American Express trophy at Stadium, January 24. Image: AP

Closing day, Kim did not bogey on Stadium, par72. The whole round, the Korean golfer born in 1995 played an average of 305.7 yards, hit 11 of the 14 fairways and went green according to the standard of 15 holes.

Kim, Max Homa and Tony Finau took T1 at -15 after 54 holes. All three joined the last leg from hole 1. Patrick Cantlay started the same way, six holes ahead of Kim. Cantlay scored 11 birdies to finish first at the top of the table with -22. With 61 strokes, this player hits two fewer strokes than the pitch record.

After 15 holes, Kim scored six birdies, but still one stroke behind Cantlay. Into the 16 par5 hole, 567 yards long, Kim went to the green after swinging the club twice and then twice, in which the last putt scored a birdie 1.2 meters away. At this point, he caught up with Cantlay.

Into the 17 par3 hole, 146 yards long, Kim played 145 yards into the green, nearly 5.8 meters from the target. From that position, he only put one putt into the hole.

Kim birdie hole 17

With the penultimate birdie, Kim reached the top of the board at -23. You keep par hole 18.

American Express is Kim’s third title in the PGA Tour, before that The Players Championship 2017 – the main event of the American arena and is implied to be the fifth major. Both of these victories are on the pitch designed by legendary architect Pete Dye.

“After The Players Championship, I missed many chances to win. Now it’s successful. Very happy,” Kim said at the ceremony. He also revealed to take the chance from Max Homa, after observing his opponent closing the hole. “After the birdie of hole 16, I am more confident. At the top of hole 17, I want to play safely to at least play the extra hole. Go to the green to see Max’s putt, I know which way to close the hole, how much force to put in”, Kim said.

Cantlay finished second, earning $ 730,000. Cameron Davis received $ 462,300 for third place (points -20). Finau went with Kim, hitting 68 last leg so he finished fourth (-19), getting 328,300 USD, while fellow Homa 76 strokes, T21 finish (-11). This position received $ 58,600.

Kim is 25 years old. Over the next three years, he must fulfill his mandatory military service on all South Korean citizens between the ages of 18 and 28. “I have not finished my draft and although this is taken into account, I do not know when to start,” Kim said. If you win an Olympic medal or gold medal at the Asian Games, Kim will be exempt from liability.

Noh Seung-Yul and Bae Sangmoon – Kim’s countrymen in the PGA Tour – have both completed their military service. Noh returned to the US scene the previous year after two years in service, and Bae finished in 2018. Noh’s only victory at the Zurich Classic 2014, while Bae’s two championships were at least six years ago.

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