Fabulous round by Tom Kim who takes the lead

Tom Kim, the remarkable 22-year-old Korean golfer, has seized the lead at the Travelers Championship 2024 with a stellar performance, marking the final Signature Event of the PGA Tour season

by Andrea Gussoni
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Fabulous round by Tom Kim who takes the lead
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Tom Kim, the remarkable 22-year-old Korean golfer, has seized the lead at the Travelers Championship 2024 with a stellar performance, marking the final Signature Event of the PGA Tour season. Kim's flawless round featured eight birdies and no bogeys, resulting in an impressive score of -8 and a two-shot advantage over his nearest competitors.

Tom Kim, results

Celebrating his birthday today alongside Scottie Scheffler, who turns 28, Kim began his day with a strong start, gaining three shots in the first eight holes. However, it was his finish with consecutive birdies that separated him from the field.

In pursuit, a quartet of American contenders comprising Akshay Bhatia, Rickie Fowler, Will Zalatoris, and Kurt Kitayama share second place. All top five players have previous victories on the PGA Tour, with Kim aiming for his fourth win.

After a disappointing US Open, the young Korean has bounced back impressively, contrasting with Scheffler, who stands in a tightly packed group in sixth place at -5. Scheffler, having already clinched five victories this year, has been a dominant force in global golf, with only two finishes outside the top 10 in major tournaments since missing the cut at the 2022 PGA Championship.

The challenging TPC River Highlands course has hosted an elite field, with notable names like Xander Schauffele, Cameron Davis, Tony Finau, Taylor Pendrith, MacKenzie Hughes, and Patrick Rodgers rounding out the top 10. The leaderboard remains tightly contested, with 25 players within five shots, narrowing to three excluding the leader.

Rory McIlroy, however, notably absent this week, has opted for a break following the US Open's dramatic conclusion. The Northern Irishman plans to return to competition in mid-July, just a week ahead of the Open Championship, delaying his anticipated comeback.

As the Travelers Championship unfolds, anticipation builds for an exhilarating weekend of golf, showcasing emerging talents and seasoned champions alike in one of the tour's most prestigious events.

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