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Anthony Ha-Jin Kim (born June 19, 1985) is an Americanmarker professional golfer.

Amateur career

A Korean American, Kim was born in Los Angelesmarker and resides in Dallas, Texasmarker. He attended La Quinta High Schoolmarker in La Quinta, Californiamarker. After high school, he attended the University of Oklahomamarker for three years. He was part of the winning USA team in the 2005 Walker Cup.

Professional career

Kim turned professional in 2006 and after receiving a sponsor's exemption he finished in a tie for second on his PGA Tour debut at the 2006 Valero Texas Open. He earned his PGA Tour card through the qualifying school for the 2007 season. He made a strong start and broke into the top 100 in the Official World Golf Rankings in May 2007 with four top 10 finishes during his rookie season on the PGA Tour. In the 2007 U.S. Open, he shot a final round 67 earning him a tie for 20th place (he started the day at T57). His 67 was the lowest for the round and second lowest for the tournament.

In May 2008, Kim won his first PGA Tour tournament at the Wachovia Championship, defeating former British Open champion Ben Curtis by five shots. Kim's 16-under par 272 total is the lowest score in the tournament's history. He shot an opening day 70, but rallied for subsequent rounds of 67-66-69 and was several shots clear of Curtis most of the final round. He earned $1,152,000 for his victory, and reached a new career high of 16th in the world rankings.

In July 2008, Kim won his second PGA Tour tournament at the AT&T National, defeating Fredrik Jacobson by two shots. Kim shot a 5 under 65 in the fourth round to capture the title. The victory was especially meaningful because the tournament is hosted by Tiger Woods. Furthermore, Kim became the first American under 25 to win twice in one year on the PGA Tour since Tiger Woods in 2000. This win moved him to 14th in the World Rankings. A pair of T-3 finishes in the final two 2008 FedEx Cup events pushed him to 6th in the World Rankings. He spent 12 weeks in the top-10 in 2008.

In September 2008, Kim was a critical part of the United States' victory in the Ryder Cup, defeating Ryder Cup veteran Sergio GarcĂ­a 5 & 4 in the first match of the Sunday single matches. Later that year he joined the European Tour for the 2009 season, making his debut as a member at the 2008 HSBC Champions, the first tournament of the 2009 season. He is expected to continue to play mainly in the United States.

At the 2009 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgiamarker at Augusta National Golf Clubmarker, Kim set the record for most birdies in a round with eleven in the second round, surpassing Nick Price, who had ten birdies in 1986.

At the 2009 Presidents Cup, Kim posted an impressive 3-1 record, which included a 5 and 3 victory over Robert Allenby in the Sunday singles match.

Kim lost to Ross Fisher in the finals of the Volvo World Match Play in October 2009 4 & 3 after once again beating Robert Allenby in the semi-finals.

Amateur wins

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (3)

PGA Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 May 4, 2008 Wachovia Championship -16 (70-67-66-69=272) |5 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Ben Curtis (golfer)|Ben Curtis]] |- |2 |Jul 6, [[2008 PGA Tour|2008]] |[[AT&T National]] |-12 (67-67-69-65=268) 2 strokes Fredrik Jacobson


Other wins



PGA Tour professional career summary

Year Starts Cuts made Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10 Top 25 Earnings ($) Money list rank
2006 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 338,067 (non-member)
2007 26 20 0 0 1 4 10 1,545,195 60
2008 22 19 2 1 3 8 10 4,656,265 6
2009 22 17 0 1 2 3 8 1,972,155 39
Total* 72 58 2 3 6 16 30 8,511,682 118


* Complete through the 2009 season.

Results in major championships

Tournament 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournamentmarker DNP DNP T20
U.S. Open T20 T26 T16
The Open Championship DNP T7 CUT
PGA Championship T50 T55 T51


DNP = did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut

"T" = tie

Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

United States national team appearances

Amateur

Professional

References

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