Tom Kim sees Travelers and battle with Scottie Scheffler as a positive step

For the South Korean, the most important thing is that hard work pays off.

by Sead Dedovic
Tom Kim sees Travelers and battle with Scottie Scheffler as a positive step
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Tom Kim came so close to a huge success and lifting the trophy at the Travelers, but he needed a bit of luck to secure the win. This 22-year-old, one of the youngest players on the PGA Tour, entered the tournament prepared and focused, aiming for a great result. 

The South Korean likely didn't expect to end up in the final round with Scheffler, but that's exactly what happened. Throughout this season, Kim hasn't had notable results, with his best being T4 at the RBC Canadian Open. He was fantastic then, suggesting he could replicate that form going forward. 

The young golfer had only two bogeys this week, pointing towards a potential victory. However, Scheffler continued his amazing performances, claiming his sixth win of the season. Following the final round, Kim expressed to the media that despite everything that happened and Scheffler's victory in the playoff, he wants to view this experience positively.

“I’m going to definitely look at this week as a positive,”- Kim said, as quoted by PGA Tour.

Tom Kim admitted he played against the best player in the world and gave it his all. While he enjoyed the competition, he remained disappointed that he couldn't achieve the ultimate victory. For the South Korean, the most important thing is that hard work pays off, and he has no doubt he will celebrate a win soon. It must be acknowledged that few have been able to match Scheffler this season, as the 27-year-old seems unstoppable. His form scares opponents, raising the question of who can truly stop the American when he's having a good day.

“Against the best players in the world, I fought really hard. I had so much fun out there, felt like a practice round with (Scheffler) … It's just nice to know that the hard work kind of really does come to life. Like, yes, it would have been super sweet if I won, but it still doesn't change who I am.”- Kim continued.

At just 22 years old, a bright future awaits this young golfer. Making it to the final round of a prestigious tournament with such a big name is the dream of every golfer building their career, and Kim has achieved that. The 22-year-old emphasized that regardless of what the future holds for him, whether positive or negative, he will always remain true to himself as he has been so far. His words reflect humility and respect towards his opponents, indicating that Kim is not only a talented golfer but also a great individual.

“I feel like this year has been a lot of learning. I’ve had a lot of learning lessons of trying to not label things. I am who I am, 10 wins on the PGA TOUR, zero wins on the PGA TOUR, it's not going to change me.“-Kim said.

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Kim put an accent on the lessons learned from past experiences, realizing that by working hard without expectations and allowing events to develop naturally, you can achieve success. This young golfer refers to his recent performance as a learning experience, recognizing the near miss of leading throughout the competition as a useful opportunity that will likely come again in the future.

Tom Kim's career

The golfer from Seoul attracted attention as a child and began his professional career in 2018 on the Asian Tour. It was evident early on that he had potential for greater things, performing extremely well in tournaments alongside much older competitors. At just 16 years old, his much older peers struggled to keep up with Kim's pace. By the age of 17, the South Korean managed to win the Panasonic Open India, becoming the second youngest professional to achieve victory on the Asian Tour.

Following a great performance in 2022 at the Open Championship, he became eligible for Special Temporary Membership on the PGA Tour for the remainder of the 2021-2022 season. His 7th place finish at the Rocket Mortgage Classic secured him a PGA Tour card for the 2022-2023 season. 

In 2022, Kim went on to win the Shriners Children's Open, becoming the second youngest two-time winner on the PGA Tour. It's clear he possesses huge potential, and in the coming years, he could further advance to become one of the more respected names on the tour.

Watching his recent tournament performance, one can feel the quality, elegance in his movements, and a great sense of skill. These elements are crucial for building a successful career.

Fans who followed this tournament could see that Kim is a golfer with a bright future ahead of him. The most important thing is to maintain the same mindset and not put pressure on himself.

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