Michael Kim blitzed the field at the John Deere Classic shooting rounds of 63-64-64-66 to win his first PGA Tour title by 8 shots. The route earns Kim a two-year exemption and a spot in this week's Open Championship. Kim's win came thanks to a red-hot putter, which ranked first in the field, gaining an astounding 13.5 shots for the week. Kim’s performance set the tournament’s all-time scoring record beating Steve Stricker’s mark of 26-under by one shot. Finishing runner-up were Francesco Molinari, Joel Dahmen, Bronson Burgoon and Sam Ryder. Full scores
The 25-year-old Kim was a standout at University of Cal, winning the Jack Nicklaus and Haskins Awards in 2013. Since leaving Cal, Kim has been a mainstay on the PGA Tour after earning his card through the Web.com Tour in 2015. The win could be a breakthrough win for yet another promising young American in their 20s.
Runner-up Francesco Molinari will head to next week's Open Championship in top form. The Italian has now notched two wins, two seconds and a t25 in his last five starts. His precision and steady tee-to-green game should reward him at the difficult and demanding Carnoustie setup.
Joel Dahmen notched his best finish as a PGA Tour professional, a t2nd. Dahmen has turned his season around in the last few weeks, adding the runner up to a t23rd at Quicken Loans and a t5th at the Greenbrier to move from outside the top 125 into 71st in the FedEx Cup standings. The strong play ensures Dahmen will retain his card in the 2018-2019 PGA Tour season.
Movin' on up
It was a big week for both Bronson Burgoon and Sam Ryder. They entered the week ranked 134th and 148th in the FedEx Cup and were able to use the t2nd finish to move into the top 125 and into great position to keep their cards.
In the books
Hall of Famer Laura Davies powered her way to a 10-shot victory at the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open. The 54-year-old remains prodigiously long, ranking 28th on the LPGA Tour in driving distance and used her advantage to lap the field. Finishing runner-up to Davies was Julie Inkster, and Trish Johnson finished 3rd and 12 shots back. Full scores
The event was a rousing success, with fans coming out to see the women play Chicago Golf Club. The event boasted better attendance numbers than the 2018 U.S. Women's Open at Shoal Creek. I was blown away by the event and Chicago Golf Club and put together thoughts on both in the latest edition of “Things I like/don't like.”
Also, check out our full video on Chicago Golf Club.
The Open warmup
South Africa's Brandon Stone shot a final-round 60 to run away with the Scottish Open. Stone's sensational final round almost set history. The 25-year-old missed a seven-foot birdie putt on 18 that would have been the European Tour's first ever round in the 50s. Stone took advantage of a rare day of no wind to beat Eddie Pepperell by 4 shots. Stone and Pepperell earned spots in the Open Championship with their performances as well as Swedish Jans Dantrop. The 54-hole-leader Dantrop earned the final qualifying spot over Trevor Immellman via his world ranking. Immellman turned back the clocks, earning his first top-10 finish since 2014. Full scores
The Scottish Open at Gullane gave a preview of what's to come at this week's Open Championship. A heat wave and drought have baked the fairways. Carnoustie should be exceptionally firm and fast, which will lead to plenty of 400+ yard tee shots while also penalizing those who are slightly crooked.
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Vijay Singh took home the Senior Players Championship after beating Jeff Maggert on the 2nd hole of a playoff. The win is Singh's first major championship on the Senior Tour. The field absolutely tore apart Exmoor over the week, and soft greens made the Donald Ross design a birdie fest. One of the surprise stories of the week was University of Illinois Head Golf Coach Mike Small, who contended into Sunday. Small's final-round 71 moved him back to a t10th from 5th to start the day. Full scores
Long-hitting Cameron Champ powers his way to a Web.com Tour win in Utah.