Doing well consistently throughout the season. It’s what every athlete wants, but it’s not easy when you’re racing for the long haul. There will always be lulls.
Kim Joo-hyung “Tom Kim” Kim, 21, had one of those times this year. After starting the 2022-23 season on a high note by winning the Schreiner’s Children’s Open following last year’s Presidents Cup, he has either finished in the middle of the pack or missed the cut since February.
Sure, he finished tied for 16th at the Masters and tied for eighth at the U.S. Open, but other than that, his results weren’t great. 카지노사이트 However, he tied for sixth at the Genesis Scottish Open and finished runner-up at the season’s final major, The Open Championship.
He also made the playoffs and tied for 10th at the BMW Championship last week. He enters the Tour Championship as the highest-ranked South Korean player in the FedExCup (No. 16).
“My big goal this year was to play in the Tour Championship, so I’m really happy,” Kim said in a video interview with Korean reporters on the 22nd. I didn’t compete for the title as much as I thought I would, and I thought I might not make it to the Tour Championship because I didn’t perform as well as I wanted to, but I’m glad I did.”
Kim Joo-hyung was also disappointed with his lack of results. “I’m usually a quick learner, but the PGA Tour is definitely different. But this is actually my first season, so I had to get to the tournament sooner than anyone else and adjust. I had a lot to learn, but I felt like I had to deal with it as a rookie, not a rookie. I’m sure the 10-year players had moments like mine,” he said.
“Golf is a results sport. But I gained a lot of experience without winning. I think it made me more mature. I don’t think golf can go up and down at will. I want to give myself only 20 points because I didn’t win this year, but I’m 5 to 60 percent satisfied with the experience I gained.”
Joo Hyung Kim and Scottie Schaeffler.
Not only is Kim making waves on the PGA Tour, but he’s also been praised by world-class players like Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) and Scottie Schaeffler (USA). Kim shares a birthday with Schauffler, and they celebrated by blowing out birthday cakes together.
“I ask a lot of questions, so whenever I’m with other players, I ask them. She lives in Dallas and we work out and practice together. I asked her for advice when things weren’t going well this year and I was mentally struggling, and she comforted me a lot. It was very encouraging to keep hearing, ‘You’re young and you’re good enough.’ McIlroy did the same thing, saying, ‘You’re still so young and you have so much potential,'” he said.
Kim is learning from world-class players. “I have no choice but to learn,” he says. I learned a lot, especially about how to manage my life when I’m not playing golf. Every little effort you make, every little thing you think is not related to golf, accumulates and affects your golf. Golf is like playing chess. I felt like I had to be careful with my every move, every choice.”
Rory McIlroy and Joo Hyung Kim.
“When I think back to last year, it’s like a whole different ballgame. I can’t compare myself to what I was before. The mindset before the tournament, the way I play, being around players who have won a lot of tournaments, I think it changes the way you look at golf and your life. Technically, my ball speed is higher, my timing is different, and I’m not as consistent as I was last year, but the data shows otherwise. My short game and my mentality are much different than last year,” he explained.
“If I can stay healthy and play golf, I think I always have a chance. I have a handicap at the Tour Championship, but it’s the last tournament of the season, so I want to put all my emotions together and give it my all.”