Ace Kim leads by two as Hoppenheim, Herman set new career lows

Paola Ditto
Agosto 16, 2020

It leaves him on nine under par for the tournament and in a tie for fourth place just one shot behind the three joint leaders, Tom Hoge, Si Woo Kim and Talor Gooch.

Sparkling on the same course where he won his first PGA title four years ago, Kim fired an eight-under par 62 to stand on 18-under 192 after 54 holes at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Ninth-ranked Patrick Reed, the 2013 Wyndham champion, is tied for 18th after a 67, while reigning Open champion Shane Lowry of Ireland shot 67 and is tied for 23rd. And while he has struggled somewhat in recent months, his most recent top-10 finish came at - you guessed it - last year's Wyndham, where he finished fifth. "This time, I already win two times, so that's the good experience for me".

Oppenheim, whose biggest victory came in the 2015 Air Capital Classic on what is now the Korn Ferry Tour, said he would try "to draw back on some of those times when I've had some important rounds and got it done".

Incredibly, Kim almost made a second hole-in-one in his round at the par-3 12th when his ball brutally lipped out for an ace! "I love coming here, I've had good results, and I'll be looking for more of the same tomorrow".

"I just hit it (on No. 3) and then the ball goes just right at the pin", Kim stated. I just felt very comfortable.

He added short birdie putts at the fouth and fifth and answered a bogey at the par-3 seventh with a birdie at eight, then almost smacked another hole-in-one at the par-3 12th.

The event marks the final tournament of the US PGA regular-season, with the top 125 players in season points advancing to the FedEx Cup playoffs that begin next week at TPC Boston.

Former FedEx Cup victor Billy Horschel is three shots off the lead following a 65, with Jim Herman and Mark Hubbard on 14 under.

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