The 2020-2021 Super Season on the PGA Tour has been feast or famine for Si Woo Kim, and the feasting has mostly come in marquee events. He grabbed his third PGA Tour victory in January, winning the American Express tournament by one stroke over Patrick Cantlay. He also had a pair of T-9s at the Players Championship and the Memorial Tournament, plus a T-12 at Augusta National in April.
Outside of those four weeks, though, Kim’s Official World Golf Ranking page leaves a lot to be desired. He’s only missed five cuts in 2021, but he’s also withdrawn from three tournaments. At his biggest event of the year, the Olympics, Kim needed to medal to avoid mandatory military service in what could be his last great chance. He tied for 32nd.
Since his T-9 at the Memorial, Kim has not finished inside the top 30 in any of his five starts. He’ll make that a sixth at TPC Southwind, where his late-season swoon took a particularly dark turn at the difficult par-3 11th on Sunday. Kim made a 13 – yes, a 13 – at the treacherous island-green hole, putting five (!!) balls in the water before finally finding dry land on his 11th shot. From just off the green, he chipped it to 12 inches, then tapped in for a baker’s dozen.
The shot tracker, as you might expect, is a sight to behold:
At some point, you have to respect the stubborness. He could have very easily played it out to the fat side of the green after the first, second or third water balls, but he kept at it Tin Cup style, taking dead aim at the pin until he pulled it off. No word on how many balls he has left in his bag.
Impressively, Kim birdied the next hole, the par-4 12th, but he’s already made a double-bogey in the time since, this time on the back nine’s other par 3, the 15th. For those keeping count, Kim went 12-over on the par 3s on Sunday (he parred the first two).
Kim, who started the week 38th in the FedEx Cup standings and is only projected to drop one spot, will be back in action next week at the Wyndham Championship, where the vibes will surely be a bit better for the 26-year-old. He picked up his first tour win at the Wyndham in 2016, and he’s finished third and fifth there in his last two trips. Here’s hoping he can find that Wyndham magic again, because he desperately needs it.