Away from spotlight, Kim holes out for another career landmark

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Si Woo Kim hit the magical ace with a four iron on the par-3 7th hole at Country Club of Jackson in Jackson en route a final round of 6-under 66 and 19-under 269 total that left him three strokes behind winner Sam Burns. Photo: Getty Images
Si Woo Kim hit the magical ace with a four iron on the par-3 7th hole at Country Club of Jackson in Jackson en route a final round of 6-under 66 and 19-under 269 total that left him three strokes behind winner Sam Burns. Photo: Getty Images

Korea’s Si Woo Kim produced his career fourth hole-in-one on the PGA TOUR for a tied eighth finish at the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday which maintained his solid start to the new 2021-22 season.

The 26-year-old Kim hit the magical ace with a four iron on the par-3 7th hole at Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi en route a final round of 6-under 66 and 19-under 269 total that left him three strokes behind winner Sam Burns.

In the season-opening event two weeks ago, the three-time PGA Tour winner finished T11 at the Fortinet Championship and enjoyed his first top-10 of the new season following an impressive final round here which saw him hit 12 fairways and 17 greens in regulation.

Kim opened with two birdies from 17 feet and two feet respectively before holing out his tee shot on the seventh to turn in 34. He made three more birds against a lone bogey coming home. “I did not know it went in. It was hard to see it,” said Kim of his hole-in-one.

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“Unfortunately, the camera did not get the moment. I cannot keep it and share it with golf fans. However, it definitely helped to keep the score low.”

Kim’s ace saw him establish himself as the leading Korean with the most holes-in-one on Tour, with countrymen Sungjae Im, Sung Kang and K.J. Choi having registered two each in their careers. He also moved up to eighth place in the latest FedExCup standings.

Chinese Taipei’s C.T. Pan finished a further shot back on 18-under in equal 11th place after signing off with a 68. Two weeks ago, Pan, the Olympic Games bronze medallist, finished tied sixth in the Fortinet Championship.

The one-time Tour winner bogeyed his opening hole but hit birdies on Hole Nos. 3, 5, 6, 14 and 15 – all from inside of 12 feet – to sustain his good start to the new season.

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Another Korean, Sungjae Im, settled for tied 31st position following a 69 to end the week on 13-under.

Burns, 25, earned his second Tour victory in his 87th start following a one-shot win over Nick Watney and Cameron Young. He closed with a 67 to end his week on 22-under.

“Yeah, I think it hasn’t really set in yet. Still looking out there at the golf course like kind of trying to figure out what happened. Just very honoured to win here, being so close to home it’s only two and a half hours from where I live now and having friends and family here it’s really cool and a special week and just really excited,” said Burns, whose final round card featured seven birdies and two bogeys.

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