Kim Si-woo surges up leaderboard at PGA OHL Classic

November 13, 2015
South Korean golfer Kim Si-woo (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

South Korean golfer Kim Si-woo (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

By Brian Han

There’s a lot of professional golf to keep track of this week, but at the PGA Tour’s OHL Classic in Mexico, South Korea’s Kim Si-woo made his mark on Friday after putting together a bogey-free 7-under 64 to place himself in a tie for third at 10-under.

The 20-year-old fired off five birdies on the front nine before his putter started to cool off. He had a few scoring opportunities toward the end of his round, but a pair of lipped puts under 10 feet stopped him from scoring any lower.

He relied on his accuracy off the tee to hit 17 of 18 greens, which put him in position to attack the greens.

“I feel very comfortable,” he told after the round. “Last week, short game no feel good, so practice, and much better than last week.”

Kim actually became the youngest player ever to graduate from the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School back in 2013 at the age of 17 years and five months, but has struggled at the highest level since then. After a promising 2015 season on the Tour where he established himself as the tenth best player in the circuit, he earned his card back.

D.H. Lee is the only other South Korean in the top-25 for the tournament. He turned in a 3-under 68, which put him at a 5-under total and tie for 23rd.

Irishman Graeme McDowell successfully fended off the rest of the field with a 8-under 63 to take a solo lead at 12-under heading into the weekend.