Kim claims second win on PGA Tour
Monday, July 7, 2008
BETHESDA, Md. -- Anthony Kim is on the cusp of joining the short list of challengers to Tiger Woods, a point driven home Sunday not so much by his victory at the AT&T National as the phone call he received from the tournament host.
Woods wasn't at Congressional to present the trophy, but he surely would have appreciated Kim's performance. Kim shot a bogey-free round of 5-under 65 for a two-shot victory over Fredrik Jacobson.
Kim, also the Wachovia Championship winner, became the first American under 25 since Woods to win at least twice in the same year on the PGA Tour.
Kim moved up to No. 6 in the Ryder Cup standings, virtually assuring himself a spot on the American team in September. Even if he doesn't qualify, captain Paul Azinger said he wants the hot hand, and not many are playing better than Kim.
Kim finished at 12-under 268 and earned $1.08 million, putting him at No. 5 in the FedEx Cup standings and moving him closer to cracking the top 10 in the world.
Jacobson (65) earned a trip to the British Open as the highest finisher among the top five at the AT&T National not already exempt. U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate also qualified for Royal Birkdale from a special money list.
South Korea's Seon Hwa Lee birdied the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Jane Park and Meena Lee in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark.
Seon Hwa Lee closed with a 4-under 68 to finish at 15-under 201.
Meena Lee (70) led by a stroke before coming up short of the green on the par-3 17th. Her chip was long, and she missed from about 10 feet for a bogey.
Seon Hwa Lee, playing in the group just ahead, hit her approach on No. 18 within 3 feet, setting up a birdie that she thought would put her in a playoff.
Meena Lee had a chance to tie on 18, but missed a 15-foot birdie putt.
Former Dalhousie touring pro Karen Stupples shot a 66 on Sunday to tie for fourth place. She earned $65,508.