Stanford Newcomer Wins Rolex Tournament of Champions
July 8, 2007
Columbus, Ohio - Sihwan Kim, a Buena Park, Calif. native who will attend Stanford in the fall, came out firing on the final day to finish with a 4-under-par 67 for a tournament total 1-under-par 283 at the Rolex Tournament of Champions in Columbus, Ohio last week.
Kim, who won the Mission Hills Desert Junior in June, said he came in somewhat confident but was concerned about a course he felt was very tough.
'The hole locations today were really hard, and we all had no choice but to play it safe and to the middle of the greens,' Kim said. 'I never thought I could shoot this low. I thought 69 at best.'
Even though he carded 35 and 32 on the front and back nines, respectively, Kim said his day did not start out so well.
'After the first hole, with a three-putt for bogey, I didn't think I was going to do well,' Kim said. 'I managed to keep it going though and just kept hitting it well and looking for par.'
By winning the RolexTournament of Champions, Kim claimed his eighth AJGA title, tying him for second all time with Bob May (1982-1987), Tiger Woods (1991-1992) and Charles Howell III (1992-1996). Phil Mickelson holds the record with 12 career AJGA wins (1985-1989).
Behind Kim in second place was John Popeck of Washington , Pa. , with a tournament total 2-over-par 286. Luke Guthrie of Quincy , Ill. , carded a 3-over-par 74 in the final round to finish in third place with a four-day total 4-over-par 288. In a three-way tie for fourth place, all carding 5-over-par 289 tournament totals, were William Kropp of Edmond, Okla., Alex Shi Yup Kim of Fullerton, Calif., and Peter Uihlein of Bradenton , Fla.
Kim joins Matt Kennerknecht (Vienna, Va.), Andrew Ziegler (Broomfield, Colo.) and Graham Brockington (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) in the Stanford men's golf class of 2011.