Golf: Korean Kim flirts with 59 at Wyndham Championship

Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:29pm EDT
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(Reuters) - South Korean Kim Si-woo flirted with golf's magic number before carding a course-record 10-under-par 60 en route to a two-shot halfway lead at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina on Friday.

Twelve days after American Jim Furyk became the first player to shoot a 58 on the PGA Tour, Kim had a chance of joining the elite sub-60 club.

After sinking a 10-foot birdie putt at his penultimate hole, the par-four eighth, he needed another birdie at the ninth to fire a 59 at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.

After an aggressive drive ended in a "tough lie" in the left rough, Kim's approach from 112 yards ended 50 feet beyond the pin and his hopes of holing the birdie putt appeared slim.

But he judged the break and the speed of the downhill effort almost perfectly, his ball grazing the hole before settling within tap-in distance.

Kim's round in ideal morning conditions lifted him into the second-round lead at 12-under 128, while Furyk (64) continued his sizzling form to jump into a tie for second at 10-under with fellow Americans Kevin Na (67) and Lucas Glover (61), and Japanese Hideki Matsuyama (64).

Glover also had a chance to shoot 59, but the former U.S. Open champion three-putted the last after leaving his 27-foot birdie putt 18 inches short.

Joint first-round leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello, of Spain, shot 68 to slip three shots behind.

Kim said he did not really think of a 59 until his birdie at the eighth had followed an eagle three at the fifth.   Continued...

Aug 19, 2016; Greensboro, NC, USA; Si Woo Kim acknowledges the crowd on the ninth green after shooting a tournament record 60 during the second round of the 2016 Wyndham Championship. at Sedgefield Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports