MEMFIS, Tenn. – Si Woo Kim made a dubious history on Sunday, hitting five balls into the water on the 11th hole at TPC Southwind, including four shots from less than 11 yards.
Kim, 26, who won the Players’ Championship in 2017 and played for South Korea at the Olympics last week, was at the WGC-FedEx St. 155 meters in the water that fronts the green.
And this is where the adventure began.
From a fall area that measured 96 meters to the hole, Kim found the water four more times, was missing twice to the right of the green twice and also fell short. He eventually got his 11th shot (including penalty shots) to find dry land, 21 feet from the hole, from where he hit a foot and stomped for a 13.
It was the highest score at TPC Southwind, which has held a PGA tournament annually since 1989. And it was the highest score on a par-3 on the PGA Tour since 1983, excluding major championships.
Despite the 13, Kim still managed to shoot 78 while birding three of his last four holes.
In the hole, only six balls found the water before Sunday, but it was harder in the final round. Both Harris Engels and Bryson DeChambeau, who played in the final group, hit their tee shots in the water on the 11th, with DeChambeau scoring a triple 6-point score.