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21-year-old South Korean golfer Tom Kim matches Tiger Woods with historic feat last achieved in 1996

  • South Korean golfer Tom Kim, whose given name is Joohyung Kim, recently earned two PGA Tour victories before the age of 21 — a feat that was last accomplished 26 years ago by a young Tiger Woods.
  • On Sunday, Kim prevailed in a matchup against veteran golfer Patrick Cantlay to bring home the first place prize at the Shiner Children’s Open.
  • Kim achieved his second PGA Tour win at 20 years and three months old, half a year younger than Woods was when achieved the same feat.
  • The Seoul-born golfing phenom has drawn comparisons to Woods not only for his prodigious feel for the sport, but also for having a unique nickname of his own, which was inspired by “Thomas the Tank Engine”.
  • Kim will be continuing full steam ahead as a full member of the PGA Tour and will be looking to secure a spot in the PGA Tour championships at the FedEx Cup playoffs next week.

South Korean golfer Tom Kim recently earned two PGA Tour victories before the age of 21 — a feat that was last accomplished 26 years ago by a young Tiger Woods.  

On Sunday, Kim prevailed in a head-to-head matchup against former World Amateur No. 1-ranked golfer and 2021 FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay to bring home the first place prize at the Shiner Children’s Open. 

Tiger Woods officially joins the billionaire athletes club alongside Michael Jordan and LeBron James

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  • Tiger Woods has joined an exclusive club after becoming one of just three athletes to have a net worth of over $1 billion.
  • Forbes announced on Friday that the 46-year-old golfer had amassed an estimate of $1.7 billion over a 26-year professional career, spanning back to 1996.
  • While he has 82 PGA tour wins under his belt, his golf earnings have contributed less than 10% to his overall net worth.
  • Instead, endorsement deals with brands such as Nike, Gatorade, TaylorMade, Rolex and Monster Energy are credited for the bulk of his wealth.
  • Woods joins the “3 comma club” alongside fellow athletes and NBA stars Michael Jordan and Lebron James.

Tiger Woods has joined an exclusive club after becoming one of just three athletes to have a net worth of over $1 billion.

Forbes announced on Friday that the 46-year-old golfer had amassed an estimated $1.7 billion over a 26-year professional career spanning back to 1996. 

US Women’s Open champ Minjee Lee says her record $1.8 million payout is ‘big step’ forward

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  • Korean Australian golfer Minjee Lee received an unprecedented $1.8 million prize on Sunday after winning the U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
  • The victory elevated her ranking to No. 3 in the world in the updated Women's World Golf Rankings, relegating New Zealand’s Lydia Ko to the fourth spot.
  • After winning two of women's golf's five major championship trophies, the 26-year-old golfing star is now setting her sights on the next three this season.

Minjee Lee’s recent win at the U.S. Women’s Open in North Carolina has elevated her ranking to No. 3 in the world.

The updated Women’s World Golf Rankings show the Korean Australian golf player jumping a notch over New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, who has been relegated to the fourth spot.

‘It’s that time of the month’: Reporter left speechless after golfer Lydia Ko talks about her period

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  • Golf Channel reporter Jerry Foltz was left at a loss for words after Korean-born New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko talked about period pain during a post-round interview at the Palos Verdes Championship in Palos Verdes Estates, California, on Sunday.
  • Ko, 25, was seen receiving treatment from her physical therapist Chris Wicker during the final round of the event.
  • When asked about Wicker’s treatment and whether her issues with her tight back would be a “concern moving forward,” Ko looked directly at the camera and said, “I hope not. It’s that time of the month.”
  • "I know the ladies watching are probably like, 'Yeah, I got you.' So, when that happens, my back gets really tight, and I'm all twisted,” Ko continued. “It's not the first time that Chris [Wicker] has seen me twisted, but it felt a lot better after he came. So, yeah, there you go."
  • Ko finished third on Sunday and tied with American golfers Megan Khang and Ryann O’Toole. American golfer Marina Alex took first place, while Korean golfer Jin Young Ko placed second.

Korean-born New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko is being praised on Twitter for mentioning her period during a post-round interview with Golf Channel reporter Jerry Foltz, leaving the interviewer fumbling for words.

Foltz asked Ko, 25, about what happened when the golfer was seen receiving treatment from her physical therapist Chris Wicker during the final round of the Palos Verdes Championship in Palos Verdes Estates, California, on Sunday.

Thai amateur golfer, 15, is $750,000 richer after becoming youngest to ever win major tour

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  • Thai amateur golfer Ratchanon Chantananuwat became the youngest male player to win one of golf’s major tours at 15 years and 37 days.
  • Chantananuwat fired a seven-under-par 65 to finish on 20 under at the inaugural Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup at Siam Country Club’s Waterside Course in Pattaya, Thailand, over the weekend.
  • Chantananuwat won $750,000, while second-place winner Kim Joo-hyung, the current Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, received $135,000 as a consolation prize.
  • The Asian Mixed Cup and the upcoming Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge are part of the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Series that feature 60 Ladies European Tour (LET) golfers and 60 Asian Tour golfers.

An amateur golfer from Thailand has become the youngest male player to win one of golf’s major tours.

Ratchanon Chantananuwat, 15, delivered a seven-under-par 65 to finish on 20 under to clinch the $750,000 top prize at the inaugural Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup at Siam Country Club’s Waterside Course in Pattaya, Thailand.

‘We didn’t know if you’d come home’: Tiger Woods’ daughter Sam, 14, gives moving speech at Hall of Fame

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  • Golf legend Tiger Woods, 46, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Wednesday as his family sat in the front row.
  • Woods’ daughter Sam, 14, presented her father at the ceremony with a moving speech about his “fighter spirit,” in reference to his physical and emotional recovery from a near-fatal car crash in 2021.
  • “We didn’t know if you’d come home with two legs or not,” she said at the podium. “Now, [you’re] not only about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but you’re standing here on your own two feet.”
  • Both Sam and Woods’ son Charlie, 13, are the children of Woods’ ex-wife, former Swedish model Elin Nordegren, whom he divorced in 2010.
  • Woods is often regarded as the best golf player in history, with 82 PGA tour wins. He was the youngest Masters champion at the age of 21 years and was also the first major championship winner of African or Asian heritage.

“I had to be twice as good to be given a chance,” golf legend Tiger Woods said at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony. 

On Wednesday, March 9, golf legend Tiger Woods, 46, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in front of his family and friends. His daughter Sam, 14, presented her father at the event in a moving speech that celebrated both his physical and emotional recovery over the past year. Referring to his near-fatal car crash in 2021, she expressed how proud she was of his “fighter spirit.” 

Asian golf icon Kyi Hla Han dies from cancer at age 61

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  • Kyi Hla Han, a former executive chairman of the Asian Tour, recently passed away due to cancer treatment complications on Feb. 19 at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
  • Han is revered not only for his accomplishments as a trailblazing golfer, but also for his contributions as a visionary official for the Asian Tour.
  • Han, who turned professional at the age of 19 in 1980, won a total of 12 tournaments and represented his birth country of Myanmar during five World Cups in his 25-year golfing career.
  • Two years after retiring from competitive golf, Han became the Asian Tour’s executive chairman in 2006.
  • He played a significant role in making the Asian Tour become known as one of the most prestigious professional golf tours in the world today.

The Asian Tour’s beloved former executive chairman Kyi Hla Han (chee la haan) recently passed away at the age of 61. 

Revered in the golf world for his contributions as both a player and an official, the Burmese golfing icon died in Singapore last Saturday due to cancer treatment complications, the Asian Tour announced on Monday. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Yuka Saso Becomes First Filipino to Win US Women’s Open, Second to Win LPGA Tour Title

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Yuka Saso, 19, became the first Filipino winner of the U.S. Women’s Open and the second to win an LPGA Tour event title on Sunday.

Victories: Saso represents the Philippines and is of Filipino and Japanese descent, according to JapanTimes. The U.S. Women’s Open is her third professional win. She previously won the NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament and the Nitori Ladies Golf Tournament on the Japan LPGA Tour in 2020, according to Golf Digest.