July 03, 2013 11:09
Young prodigy Kim Si-woo will finally debut on the PGA Tour by appearing at the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia on Thursday, some six months after the season began.
He became the youngest golfer ever to pass Q-School last December at the age of 17 years, five months and six days, but was unable to start the Tour due to its age restrictions. Tour regulations only recognize those aged 18 or over as official members.
Kim was able to compete as a special invitee to the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February, only to fail to make the cut. He was also invited to the Puerto Rico Open in March, but later withdrew.
He has participated in five competitions in the second-tier Web.com Tour, with 11th place his best finish to date.
Some 29 of the 42 competitions scheduled for this year on the PGA Tour have already concluded. Of the remaining 13, Kim can compete in six as he is not eligible for majors and other higher-profile events.
Kim has been practicing for around 10 hours a day in La Quinta, California, to further hone his skills. "I've focused on training for the Greenbrier Classic, which will be my official debut event of this season. I'd like to make a lasting impression with an aggressive style of play," he said.
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