WASHINGTON (AFP) – Rising South Korean star Kim Joo-hyung was all smiles once more on Friday (Aug 5) after firing a six-under par 64 to share the early second-round lead within the US PGA Tour Wyndham Championship.
Kim, who had battled again after opening Thursday with a quadruple bogey eight to shoot a 67, had a nine-under par complete of 131 to share the lead with Individuals Brandon Wu and Ryan Moore when thunderstorms halted play at Sedgefield Nation Membership in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“If you happen to would have advised me after the primary gap yesterday the place I would be after two days, I undoubtedly would have taken it, so fairly glad,” mentioned Kim, who admitted he felt a gentle flashback on the first gap – his tenth of the day – the place he once more discovered himself within the bunker.
“I used to be like, nicely, right here we go, simply do not make a quad,” he mentioned. “I used to be like, let’s simply get this on the green.
“And I did. I hit an ideal shot to 2 toes,” mentioned Kim, including he advised himself: “You already know what, that is strokes gained proper right here – 4 photographs higher than yesterday.
“So most improved on gap No. 1.”
The 20-year-old’s star has been rising quick. A two-time winner on the Asian Tour, he completed tied for third on the Scottish Open in July, an occasion co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour and US PGA Tour.
Given particular non permanent membership on the US tour final month for the rest of the season, he secured his card for subsequent yr with a seventh-place end in Detroit final week.
“Final month earlier than the Scottish I used to be like I assume simply Korn Ferry Finals for me,” he mentioned. “One month later I secured my PGA Tour card with out even going to Korn Ferry Finals.”
On Friday, Kim once more had an early wobble with a bogey on the twelfth, however had seven birdies the remainder of the best way, beginning with a 14-footer at 13.
He drained a 19-foot birdie on the second then birdied three in a row at six, seven and eight – the spotlight of the trio a 30-footer on the seventh.
A disappointing birdie miss from inside 5 toes at his last gap was only a blip.
“It might have been nice,” Kim mentioned. “However I nonetheless hit an ideal putt – simply did not go in.” Wu, 25, can be searching for a primary US PGA Tour title. He had 4 birdies and a bogey in his three-under par 67.
Moore, a five-time winner, had 5 birdies and a bogey in his 66.
First-round chief John Huh was in a gaggle one shot again after carding a one-over par 71 – 10 photographs worse than his 61 of Thursday.
“I feel that is golf,” mentioned Huh, who was tied with fellow American Russell Henley (65) on 132.
India’s Anirban Lahiri and American Brian Stuard had been within the clubhouse on seven-under when play was suspended. South Korean Im Sung-jae was seven-under with two to play.