Si Woo Kim capped a big golf weekend for South Korea.
The 21-year-old Kim claimed his first PGA Tour victory, closing with a 3-under-par 67 to beat Luke Donald of England by five strokes in the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
Kim’s victory came a day after Inbee Park of South Korea captured the gold medal in the Women’s Olympic Tournament in Rio de Janeiro. He finished with a total of 21-under 259, tying the tournament record set by Carl Petterson of Sweden in 2008, with a 14-foot birdie putt on the final hole.
“I never expected a course record,” Kim said through an interpreter after becoming the youngest international champion on the PGA Tour since Seve Ballesteros won in Greensboro in 1978, also at the age of 21. “I’m very happy being the youngest winner.
“Just trying to keep aggressive playing. Thinking comfortable. … Feel confidence, so I don’t have any fear to attacking the pin.”
Donald closed with a 67, while Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Brandt Snedeker, the 2007 champions in Greensboro were four shots back in a tie for third after they also posted 67s.
Bret Stegmaier carded a bogey-free 64 to wind up another stroke behind in a tie for fifth with Johnson Wagner (65), Billy Horschel (67), Graeme McDowell (67) of Northern Ireland and Rafa Cabrera Bello (70) of Spain.
Kevin Na of Diamond Bar finished at 70 and was eight shots down in a tie for 10th with Jim Furyk (70), Kevin Kisner (63) and Bud Cauley (67).