A share of the lead heading into the final round of the Shriners Children’s Open in Las Vegas is right where defending champion Tom Kim wants to be. The 21-year-old from South Korean started Sunday at TPC Summerlin at 15 under, tied with Adam Hadwin and Lanto Griffin. And Kim is one-for-one when closing out 54-hole leads on the PGA Tour, having done so here in the Vegas desert a year ago. A repeat of the feat will make him the first player to successfully defend a title on tour since Scottie Scheffler at the WM Phoenix Open in February.
But to pull out the W is going to require a fair amount of work. Seventeen players start the day tied for or within three strokes of the lead, the second most of any tour event in 2023. And Kim’s co-leaders both had 54-hole leads entering the final round of their previous tour wins, Hadwin closing things out at the 2017 Valspar Championship and Griffin doing the same at the Houston Open in 2019.
For whoever emerges the winner, there’s a first-place prize money payout of $1.512 million to claim from an overall purse of $8.4 million. Here’s the prize money payout for each golfer who made the cut in Vegas. Come back shortly after the end of the tournament and we’ll update the list with individual names and specific payouts.
This article was originally published on golfdigest.com