Si Woo Kim has a stellar resume at the Shriners Children’s Open.
In six starts, the South Korean has two top-10s and two more top-25s at TPC Summerlin.
Kim took T-8th (67-67-63-69) in 2020 and again in 2022 (64-68-67-67).
He has to be feeling like a weight’s off his shoulders these days. By virtue of taking the gold medal in the men’s team golf competition at the Asian Games, Kim and his teammates earned an exemption from serving his two-year military service required for males in South Korea
The South Korean government deems a gold medal at the Asian Games or any medal at the Olympics as worthy of an exemption for golfers. Other sports have their own respective criteria.
Kim and fellow PGA Tour pro, Sungjae Im, along with amateurs Jang Yu-bin and Cho Woo-young, blitzed the field to win by 25 shots over the silver medalists from Thailand.
Aside from the Asian Games a couple weeks ago, Kim hasn’t teed it up in a tournament since the Tour Championship. That means he should be rested and ready for this week.
Kim is on a streak of four finishes of T-33rd or higher. The 28-year-old won in 2023 at the Sony Open in Hawaii and added two more top-fives to make for a quietly solid season.
He ranked 27th in total strokes gained per round (.83), was 13th in SG off-the-tee (.1067) and 54th or better in every SG category except for putting.
Putting was actually one of his strengths at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open, where he was 20th in SG (.58).