Some players played better or worse after the restart in June. Si Woo Kim is in the former group.
The 25-year-old South Korean finished no higher than T-26th in 12 starts to begin the 2019-202 season. He missed his first two cuts after the time off but then found something.
A T-11th at the Travelers Championship has kicked off a career long streak of nine made cuts that’s still going. Kim has three top-20s and has been inside the top 50 seven times.
The high water mark saw him contend for his second Wyndham Championship title (T-3rd). He also matched his best performance in a major with a T-13th at the PGA Championship where he was only six back of the winner and four back of second place.
Kim’s game can be very off and on, and he’s a tough self-critic out on the course. When he’s rolling, though, he’s an incredible talent.
That’s been proven over and over. He advanced through PGA Tour Q School at age 17, won a Korn Ferry Tour event at 20, and at 21 won the Wyndham Championship and Players Championship in dominant fashion.
Kim finished the 2019-2020 PGA Tour season ranked above average in strokes gained approach (.115 per round), SG tee to green (.346) and had one of the best short games, ranking 23rd in SG around the green (.305).
This is Kim’s third Safeway Open appearance. He missed the cut in 2015 and fired three rounds under par en route to T-49th in 2019.
I don’t see Kim nor the rest of the field hitting a ton of fairways this week. Fortunately, he’s 15th in proximity from the rough (40’6”).