Tom Kim has a way of captivating the golf world. Last week, it was for the delightful stories that emerged from him spending Christmas with the Spieth family in Texas.
The 20-year-old has the charisma and chattiness backed up by his impressive talent.
Kim won late in the 2021-22 PGA Tour season and early in the 2022-23 season. Beating out Patrick Cantlay and others at TPC Summerlin this fall was no joke.
He’s collected five top-25s in a row since Vegas. The last four have been top-11s, including T-5th last week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Kim was never in tight contention on the weekend in his Kapalua debut, but he plugged along with 65-69-68-68 (-22) to finish five back of Jon Rahm, three back of Collin Morikawa in second, and one back of a tie for third.
No strokes gained data was available from the PGA Tour for the fourth round of the Tournament of Champions at time of writing. Through three rounds, Kim was second in strokes gained tee to green (6.241) and third in SG approach (4.226).
He’s making his Sony Open in Hawaii debut this week.
As Kim continues to acclimate to the PGA Tour schedule, he’s making sure to properly toe the line between being comfortable and complacent.
"“I think now I feel a little bit more comfortable than I did before on the PGA TOUR,” Kim was transcribed last week by ASAP Sports. “So I think, yes, obviously winning big events is great, but like I just got to keep, I think I felt like, we’ve had this talk with the whole team. It’s just keeping that same mindset as I’ve had my whole life and just kind of keep getting better every day.”"